Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics

Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics
Library Shelf Location 13a.BENN
Publication Date 04 May 1996
Description Tony Bennett's invigorating study enriches and challenges our understanding of the museum, placing it at the centre of modern relations of culture and government. Bennett argues tht the public museum should be understood not just as a place of instruction but as a reformatory of manners in which a wide range of regulated social routines and performances take place. Discussing the historical development of museums alongside that of the fair and the international exhibition, he sheds new light upon the relationship between modern forms of official and popular culture. In A series of richly detailed case studies from Britain, Australia and North America, Bennett investigates how nineteenth- and twentieth-century museums, fairs and exhibitions have organised their collections, and their visitors. His use of Foucaltian perspectives and his consideration of museums in relation to other cultural institutions of display provides a distinctive perspective on contemporary museum policies and politics.
ISBN 9780415053884
Quantity 1
Author Tony Bennett
Format Paperback
Publisher Routledge
Category Museum/Gallery Studies
Language English

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