Cultural Theory and Museum Studies

  1. Sharon Macdonald
  1. Rhiannon Mason

Published Online: 30 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996836.ch2

A Companion to Museum Studies

A Companion to Museum Studies

How to Cite

Mason, R. (2006) Cultural Theory and Museum Studies, in A Companion to Museum Studies (ed S. Macdonald), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Malden, MA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470996836.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405108393

Online ISBN: 9780470996836



  • museum;
  • disciplinary perspectives;
  • psychology;
  • sociology;
  • anthropology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is “Cultural Theory?”

  • Theorizing Meaning: Semiotics and Structuralism

  • Rethinking Saussure: Poststructuralism

  • Deconstructing Saussure: Derrida

  • Cultural Politics of Difference and Identity

  • The “Foucault Effect” in Museum Studies

  • Museum Studies Speaks Back to Cultural Theory

  • Reading Museums as Texts: Cultural Theory and Textuality

  • Developing a “Theoretical Museology”

  • Postscript