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  • National Museumsby Simon Knell; Peter Aronsson; Arne Bugge Amundsen

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 49.95

    National Museums is the first book to explore the national museum as a cultural institution in a range of contrasting national contexts. Composed of new studies of countries that rarely make a showing in the English-language studies of museums, this book reveals how these national museums have been used to create a sense of national self, place... more...

  • A Companion to Museum Studiesby Sharon Macdonald

    Wiley 2011; US$ 53.95

    A Companion to Museum Studies captures the multidisciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society. Collects first-rate original essays by leading figures from a range of disciplines and theoretical stances, including anthropology, art history, history, literature, sociology, cultural... more...

  • The Cultural Industriesby David Hesmondhalgh

    SAGE Publications 2012; US$ 51.00

    "At once brilliant and accessible, it is without peer when it comes to detailing the big picture and complex nuances of how cultural industries work. Every student of the media should have this book on their shelf" - Jennifer Holt, University of California more...

  • Museums and Communitiesby Ivan Karp; Christine Mullen Kreamer; Steven Levine

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 28.95

    Contributors to this volume examine and illustrate struggles and collaborations among museums, festivals, tourism, and historic preservation projects and the communities they represent and serve. Essays include the role of museums in civil society, the history of African-American collections, and experiments with museum-community dialogue about the... more...

  • From Knowledge to Narrativeby Lisa Roberts

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 18.95

    From Knowledge to Narrative shows that museum educators?professionals responsible for making collections intelligble to viewers?have become central figures in shaping exhibits. Challenging the traditional, scholarly presentation of objects, educators argue that, rather than transmitting knowledge, museums' displays should construct narratives that... more...

  • Making Museums Matterby Stephen Weil

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 18.95

    In this volume of 29 essays, Weil's overarching concern is that museums be able to ?earn their keep??that they make themselves matter?in an environment of potentially shrinking resources. Also included in this collection are reflections on the special qualities of art museums, an investigation into the relationship of current copyright law to the visual... more...

  • Extreme Collectingby Graeme Were; J. C. H. King

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 29.95

    By exploring the processes of collecting, which challenge the bounds of normally acceptable practice, this book debates the practice of collecting 'difficult' objects, from a historical and contemporary perspective; and discusses the acquisition of objects related to war and genocide, and those purchased from the internet, as well as considering... more...

  • Visualizing and Exhibiting Jewish Space and Historyby Richard I. Cohen

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 54.99

    Continuing its distinguished tradition of focusing on central political, sociological, and cultural issues of Jewish life in the last century, Volume XXVI of the annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry examines the visual revolution that has overtaken Jewish cultural life in the twentieth century onwards, with special attention given to the evolution... more...

  • Designing for the Museum Visitor Experienceby Tiina Roppola

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 140.00

    Exhibition environments are enticingly complex spaces: as facilitators of experience; as free-choice learning contexts; as theaters of drama; as encyclopedic warehouses of cultural and natural heritage; as two-, three- and four-dimensional storytellers; as sites for self-actualizing leisure activity. But how much do we really know about the moment-by-moment... more...

  • Museums and the Paradox of Changeby Robert R. Janes

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 39.95

    Museums throughout the world are under increasing pressure in the wake of the 2008/2009 economic recession and the many pressing social and environmental issues that are assuming priority. The major focus of concern in the global museum community is the sustainability of museums in light of these pressures, not to mention falling attendance and the... more...