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Author Ashley, Susan L. T., author

Title A museum in public : re-visioning Canada's Royal Ontario Museum / Susan L.T. Ashley
Published Abingdon, Oxon ;; New York : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (145 pages)
Series Museums in focus
Routledge museums in focus
Contents Cover;; Half Title;; Series Page;; Title Page;; Copyright Page;; Table of Contents;; Part I: Setting the context;; Chapter 1: Boundary zone;; Boundary zone not contact zone;; Framing this study of museums and publicness;; Critical studies of museums in Canada;; Methodology;; In this book;; Chapter 2: Publicness, public institutions, and the public interest;; Public sphere;; The public and publics;; The common good;; Government as public;; Public/private;; Openness;; New museology and publicness;; In public;; Chapter 3: 'Renaissance' and the ROM in public;; The Renaissance;; William's vision
Interacting through client servicesInteracting through volunteers;; Boundaries and bridges;; Part III: Revisioning;; Chapter 8: Revisioning publicness at the ROM;; Public sphere;; The public;; Institution of public government;; Public/private;; Openness;; Publics formation;; New museology and social change;; 'In public';; Museum renaissance?;; Other museums in public;; References;; Documents;; Interviews;; Index
Part II: The ROM in publicChapter 4: Positioning;; The ROM and its stakeholders;; Processes of relating;; A new public positioning?;; Chapter 5: Structuring;; Status structuring;; The question of money;; Structuring organizational hierarchies;; Structuring public space;; Chapter 6: Exhibitioning;; Exhibitioning and RenROM;; Designing the galleries;; Objects not narrative;; Exhibitioning hierarchy;; The blockbusters -- the Dead Sea Scrolls project;; Visitors' engagements;; Exhibitioning is political;; Chapter 7: Interacting;; Real things and real people;; Programming and access
Summary Not satisfied with the assertion that museums have taken great strides in becoming representative, relevant and open in their preoccupations, A Museum in Public contends that the supposedly public nature of their institutional role continues to be a rhetorical one. This book critically examines museums as institutions of the public sphere, questioning what assumptions are made about the publicness of their operations. Using as a case study the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada's largest museum, the book interrogates the public nature and political dynamics of the ROM as it completed a multi-million dollar architectural project and adopted a new vision of the museum. Providing an engaged cultural analysis of how publicness is reflected in the attitudes and behaviours of management, staff and visitors, Ashley claims that museums often function as a boundary zone between the needs and concerns of the public and ideas of publicness that serve corporate and managerial interests and practices. Asking the reader to seriously consider whether the ideals of contact zone and engagement are practically possible within an administrative setting, the book offers insights into how museums might achieve political publicness through transparent, open and democratic communicative action. A Museum in Public raises questions at the intersection of disciplines and, as a result, will appeal to academics, researchers and postgraduates in a number of fields, including: museum studies, heritage studies, cultural studies, cultural policy, public policy, political science, sociology, geography, architecture, art history, public history, tourism studies, and cultural management
Notes "Routledge Focus.4;
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Susan L.T. Ashley is Senior Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries Management and AHRC Leadership Fellow in (Multi)Cultural Heritage at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She is a cultural studies scholar interested in what, how, and why heritage knowledge is created, shaped, communicated, and consumed in the public sphere. Dr Ashley has published widely, including Diverse Spaces: Identity, Heritage and Community in Canadian Public Culture (2013). She has 20 years of experience with culture and heritage sites across Canada
Description based on online resource;; title from digital title page (viewed on September 11, 2019)
Subject Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum.
Museums -- Social aspects
Museums -- Social aspects.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351262459