Museums as tools for Cultural Citizenship: Two case studies in New Zealand

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title Museums as tools for Cultural Citizenship: Two case studies in New Zealand
Author Algers, Maria
Date 2019
English abstract
This thesis will explore the concept of cultural citizenship by researching visitor’s responses to five exhibitions across two museums in the Lower Hutt region of New Zealand. The thesis will also examine museum management and staff’s perspectives on these exhibits, and compare these to visitor’s. The aim of the thesis is to understand how museum visitors reflect upon and use museum exhibits as tools in relation to their cultural heritage and cultural citizenship. This approach provides a focus for reflection regarding the cultural importance of museum exhibitions. Stuart Hall’s encoding/decoding model will serve as an overall framework for the study, and the theoretical concepts of memory, rhetoric, meaning making and cultural citizenship will further inform the analysis. The results indicate that museum visitors reflect upon exhibits as tools for reminding, and also indicate that exhibits are seen important for learning and representation. Furthermore, the study finds that visitors do not find exhibits particularly challenging or personal. Museum staff provide other perspectives on the importance of museum exhibits, such as their art historical, representational and community-museum relationship building potential, but the study finds that these themes are seldom explicitly recognised by visitors. The concluding discussion reflects on these results, and suggests avenues for future research.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Museum communication
Cultural Citizenship
Rhetoric
Memory sites
Visitor perspectives
Encoding/Decoding
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30090 Permalink to this page
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