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Having and Belonging

Homes and Museums in Israel

Having and Belonging by Judy Jaffe-Schagen
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The home and the museum are typically understood as divergent, even oppositional, social realms: whereas one evokes privacy and familial intimacy, the other is conceived of as a public institution oriented around various forms of civic identity. This meticulous, insightful book draws striking connections between both spheres, which play similar roles by housing objects and generating social narratives. Through fascinating explorations of the museums and domestic spaces of eight representative Israeli communities-Chabad, Moroccan, Iraqi, Ethiopian, Russian, Religious-Zionist, Christian Arab, and Muslim Arab-it gives a powerful account of museums' role in state formation, proposing a new approach to collecting and categorizing particularly well-suited to societies in conflict.

Berghahn Books; April 2016
252 pages; ISBN 9781785331350
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Title: Having and Belonging
Author: Judy Jaffe-Schagen
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