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Title: Piazzas or stadiums : toward an alternative account of museums in cultural and urban development
Authors: Gibson, Lisanne
First Published: 1-Jul-2013
Publisher: Berghahn Journals
Citation: Museum Worlds: Advances in Research, 2013, 1 (1), pp. 101-112
Abstract: Over the last twenty-five years or so there has been a ‘cultural turn’ in urban development strategies. An analysis of the academic literature over this period reveals that the role of new museums in such developments has oft en been viewed reductively as brands of cultural distinction with economic pump priming objectives. Over the same twenty-five year period there has also been what is termed here a ‘libertarian turn’ in museum studies and museology. Counterposing discussions of the museum’s role within urban development with discussions from within the museum studies literature on the ‘post-museum’ reveals the dichotomous nature of these approaches to the museum. This article proposes instead a consideration of the phenomenotechnics of new museum developments. This approach presents a way of taking account of both technical and symbolic conditions and characteristics and in doing so, it is hoped, provides a way of analyzing the ‘realpolitik’ of the role of museums in urban development.
DOI Link: 10.3167/armw.2013.010107
ISSN: 2049-6729
eISSN: 2049-6737
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Berghahn Books. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in Museum Worlds: Advances in Research. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [Museum Worlds: Advances in Research, 2013, 1 (1), pp. 101-112] is available online at: http://dx/
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