On Cultural Identity and Difference
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One of the most powerful institutions that define identity is the museum, where “culture” is often embodied as a shared descent, or, at least, as a “people” with a historically stable and unchanging identity. What comes to be understood as culture in a museum is often a curator’s authority to label and display an artifact with an interpretation projected onto an object then identified and named as culture. As a modern educational institution, broadly defined, museums have fashioned the concepts of culture and of cultural identity during the last century, in an effort to naturalize their educational imperative. Yet, this subscribed culture and cultural identity is not without question, both from within and beyond the institutional realms. What has operated as the museum’s imperative of defining an unquestioned representation of culture comes up against resistance, where museums have also had to struggle to keep how they define culture and cultural identity from becoming the source of their own educational undoing.