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Title: Critical Histories of Museum Catalogues
Authors: Turner, Hannah
First Published: 6-Sep-2016
Publisher: American Anthropological Association for Council for Museum Anthropology
Citation: Museum Anthropology, 2016, 39 (2), pp. 102-110
Abstract: This article introduces a special issue on the topic of museum documentation and knowledge production. The articles in this issue address the history of museum catalogues and position the documentation of material culture as a historical epistemological practice. Each article examines how cataloguing practices have evolved over time and how the categorization or classification of ethnographic material culture often depends on specific individuals or preexisting scientific standards. This issue engages critically with emergent discussions concerning the formalization of knowledge about ethnographic material culture as it emerged in the nineteenth century. These articles also contribute to theoretical discussions that consider the material practices of knowledge production and the affective relations that shape this information. As a whole, this issue gives unique insights into how museums have documented material culture through time and provides a way of thinking about how we might engage with such historical practices that still impact much of our present work.
DOI Link: 10.1111/muan.12118
ISSN: 0892-8339
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, American Anthropological Association for Council for Museum Anthropology. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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