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Book reviews
The emergence of the modern museum: An anthology of nineteenth-century sources thumbnail

The emergence of the modern museum: An anthology of nineteenth century sources

Museum origins: readings in early museum history and philosophy thumbnail

Museum origins: Readings in early museum history and philosophy

review by Ian Coates

Seigel's Emergence and Genoways' and Andrei's Origins offer two recent collections, drawing principally on primary source material from a diverse set of authors, from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the so called 'museum period'.

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Whose culture?

Whose culture? The promise of museums and the debate over antiquities

review by Graeme Clarke

In this book a range of museum directors, art historians, cultural historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and experts in cultural property law fight back.

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Museums in a troubled world

Museums in a troubled world: Renewal, irrelevance or collapse

review by J Patrick Greene

Passion is not necessarily the characteristic one would associate with books on museology, but in this volume it is there in abundance and in consequence it makes for a stimulating and at times exasperating read.

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Writing heritage

Writing heritage

review by Sylvia Schaffarczyk

Davis's view is that there is 'no single, homogeneous' European-Australian viewpoint but a diversity of opinions, perceptions and representations of Indigenous heritage, and likewise, that there is 'no unitary, essentialised notion of Indigenous societies' and their heritage.

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Touch in museums: Policy and practice in object handling

review by Adam Blackshaw

Why is touch, our most intimate and immediate human sense, so often neglected in our public institutions? Why is sight so heavily privileged over the other senses? Why do we seem to have wholly succumbed to a kind of ocular hegemony?

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