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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 8/31/2014)