Article | Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008 | Comparing Cultures of Citizenship and Changing Concepts of Nation and Community in the EU and USA

Title:
Comparing Cultures of Citizenship and Changing Concepts of Nation and Community in the EU and USA
Author:
Kylie Message: Research School of Humanities, The Australian National University, Australia
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Year:
2008
Conference:
Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008
Issue:
030
Article no.:
002
Pages:
21-40
No. of pages:
20
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2008-05-20
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


This paper examines whether museums and cultural institutions meet or challenge increasing calls by Western/European neoliberal governments (and some communities) to become sites of social action; innovation and entrepreneurship. I begin by exploring the relationship between multiculturalism; social cohesion and museums in Britain; which I then compare with an examination of Native rights and sovereignty in the contemporary post-colonial North American context. My overarching aim in bringing case studies from the EU (Britain) and USA together is to examine how and why the terms ‘culture’ and ‘citizenship’ have been centralized by projects of self-determination for Native Americans; and yet also employed as tools central to the promotion of national government interests in the US and EU countries. With an interest in drawing attention to the politics of culture and museums; and in light of ongoing challenges to traditional concepts of citizenship and the authority associated with ‘nation’; the purpose of this paper is to examine if museums contribute to changes in the way citizenship is understood and defined.

Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008

Author:
Kylie Message
Title:
Comparing Cultures of Citizenship and Changing Concepts of Nation and Community in the EU and USA
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Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008

Author:
Kylie Message
Title:
Comparing Cultures of Citizenship and Changing Concepts of Nation and Community in the EU and USA
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