The birth of the museum : history, theory, politics /

In a series of richly detailed studies from Britain, Australia and North America, Bennett investigates how 19th and 20th century museums, fairs and exhibitions have organised their collections and their visitors.

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Main Author: Bennett, Tony, 1947- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
Series:Culture (London, England)
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Main Author:Bennett, Tony, 1947-
Summary:In a series of richly detailed studies from Britain, Australia and North America, Bennett investigates how 19th and 20th century museums, fairs and exhibitions have organised their collections and their visitors.

In a series of richly detailed case studies from Britian, Australia and North America, Tony Bennett investigates how nineteenth- and twentieth-century museums, fairs and exhibitions have organized their collections, and their visitors.

Discussing the historical development of museums alongside that of the fair and the international exhibition, Bennett sheds new light upon the relationship between modern forms of official and popular culture.

Using Foucaltian perspectives The Birth of the Museum explores how 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.

This invigorating study enriches and challenges the understanding of the museum, and places it at the centre of modern relations between culture and government.nbsp; For students of museum, cultural and sociology studies, this will be an asset to their reading list.

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Physical Description:x, 278 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-269) and index.
ISBN:0415053870
0415053889 (pbk.)
9780415053877
9780415053884