Using case studies drawn from all areas of museum studies, Museums and their Communities explores the museums as a site of representation, identity and memory, and considers how it can influence its community.

Focusing on the museum as an institution, and its social and cultural setting, Sheila Watson examines how museums use their roles as informers and educators to empower, or to ignore, communities.

Looking at the current debates about the role of the museum, she considers contested values in museum functions and examines provision, power, ownership, responsibility, and institutional issues.

This book is of great relevance for all disciplines as it explores and questions the role of the museum in modern society.

part |146 pages

Changing Roles of Museums Over Time and Current Challenges

part |95 pages

Who Controls the Museum?

chapter |21 pages

Exhibitions of Power and Powers of Exhibition

An Introduction to the Politics of Display

chapter |16 pages

Nuclear Reactions

The (Re)Presentation of Hiroshima at the National Air and Space Museum

chapter |15 pages

The Postmodern Exhibition

Cut on the Bias/or is Enola Gay a Verb?

chapter |6 pages


A Flawed Museum

chapter |10 pages

Representing Diversity and Challenging Racism

The Migration Museum

chapter |12 pages

Yours, Mine, or Ours?

Conflicts between Archaeologists and Ethnic Groups

part |106 pages

Museum and Identities

chapter |11 pages

Regenerating Identity

Repatriation and the Indian Frame of Mind

chapter |6 pages

Identity and Community

A Look at Four Latino Museums

chapter |15 pages

Inspiration Africa!

Using Tangible and Intangible Heritage to Promote Social Inclusion Amongst Young People With Disabilities

part |106 pages

Communities Remembering and Forgetting

chapter |18 pages

Memory Experience

The Forms and Functions of Memory

chapter |3 pages

Past Tense

chapter |9 pages

The Exhibition that Speaks for Itself

Oral history and museums

chapter |17 pages

Contesting ‘Local' Commemoration of the Second World War

The Case of the Changi Chapel and Museum in Singapore

chapter |13 pages

Collective Amnesia and the Mediation of Painful Pasts

The Representation of France in the Second World War

chapter |22 pages

Mapping the Memories

Politics, Place and Identity in the District Six Museum, Cape Town

part |78 pages

Challenges Museums and Communities in the Twenty-First Century

chapter |16 pages

State Authority and the Public Sphere

Ideas on the Changing Role of the Museum as a Canadian Social Institution

chapter |9 pages


Constructing a Public Culture in the Global Age

chapter |9 pages

Money, Power, and the History of Art

Whose Money? Whose Power? Whose Art History?

chapter |3 pages

Kist and Tell