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Authors:Tiffany Jenkins: Independent sociologist
Publication title:Inverting the Nation at the British Museum
Conference:Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:078
Article No.:025
Abstract:In the last four decades the ideas and practices that the British Museum were historically associated with have come under critical scrutiny; which means the institution requires a new basis for legitimacy. As a consequence; over the last ten years in particular; the discourses about the role of the museum have gradually and subtly altered. In this paper; I suggest that there is a repositioning of the institution away from a surveyor of the world; to a facilitator of world cultures. New discourses position the institution as playing an important role in promoting tolerance amongst peoples in the present. One reason this is necessary; it is suggested; is due to a rise in nationalism. The British Museum was never a museum that presented a nationalist discourse. Instead it surveyed the world. However; the shift which identifies nationalism as a problem and the museum as a solution to it; is a significant departure that requires attention.
Language:English
Year:2012
No. of pages:8
Pages:387-394
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/078/025/ecp12078025.pdf
Available:2012-10-30
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Tiffany Jenkins (2012). Inverting the Nation at the British Museum, Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=078;article=025 (accessed 12/22/2014)