Museums and the Public Sphere

Museums and the Public Sphere

Author(s): Jennifer Barrett

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012 08:22AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405173834

Online ISBN: 9781444327922

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327922

About this Book

Museums and the Public Sphere investigates the role of museums around the world as sites of democratic public space.

  • Explores the role of museums around the world as sites of public discourse and democracy
  • Examines the changing idea of the museum in relation to other public sites and spaces, including community cultural centers, public halls and the internet
  • Offers a sophisticated portrait of the public, and how it is realized, invoked, and understood in the museum context
  • Offers relevant case studies and discussions of how museums can engage with their publics' in more complex, productive ways

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