By Robert R. Janes

Are Museums Irrelevant?

Museums are hardly said within the worldwide dialogue of weather switch, environmental degradation, the inevitability of depleted fossil fuels, and the myriad neighborhood concerns in regards to the wellbeing and fitness of specific groups – suggesting the irrelevance of museums as social associations. even as, there's a becoming preoccupation between museums with undefined, and museums, unwittingly or now not, are embracing the values of relentless intake that underlie the planetary problems of today.

Museums in a Troubled global argues that rather more could be anticipated of museums as publicly supported and knowledge-based associations. the load of culture and an absence of mind's eye are major elements in museum inertia and those hindrances also are addressed. Taking an interdisciplinary technique, combining anthropology ethnography, museum stories and administration idea, this e-book is going past traditional museum thinking.

Robert R. Janes explores the that means and position of museums as key highbrow and civic assets in a time of profound social and environmental switch. This quantity is a confident exam of what's unsuitable with modern museums, written from an insider’s standpoint that's grounded in either wish and pragmatism. The book’s conclusions are positive and confident, and spotlight the original contributions that museums could make as social associations, embedded of their groups, and owned by way of no one.

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An ecology of museums This book is more about the forest than the trees, although a variety of individual species of museums will be examined for the lessons and clues they provide for moving beyond the familiar. An ecological metaphor is useful here, as ecology is about the relationships between organisms and their environments – dependent, independent and interdependent relationships. ’ In the process of overlooking the meaning of interdependence, museums have contributed greatly to their own marginalization.

7 This critical topic will be discussed later, but I note here that the museum community may have overlooked some important wisdom in its haste to embrace the edifice complex. ’8 Museums are privileged My second assumption is that museums and galleries are potentially the most free and creative work environments on the planet – but note the word ‘potentially’. Having been challenged by colleagues because of the undisguised idealism of this 15 Museums in a Troubled World claim, I now qualify my enthusiasm.

I must also be clear about what museums I am referring to, as museums are a nearly universal phenomenon in the twenty-first century. The primary focus of this book is Canadian and American museums, with an obvious emphasis on Canada simply because of my work experience. I assume, however, that various parts of this book will ring true with non-North American practitioners, as museums everywhere share a common body of knowledge, theory and methods, as well as the intricacies, foibles and aspirations of organizational life.

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