Rethinking 1807: governmentality and the bicentenary

Wilson, R. (2010) Rethinking 1807: governmentality and the bicentenary. Museum and Society, 8 (3). pp. 165-179. ISSN 1479-8360

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Examining the museological shaping of the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade provides a means by which the role of museums in society can be reassessed. Through theories of governmentality this paper will study this relationship between institutions and the groups and communities they serve. The extent to which museums inculcate the dominant values of society into visitors and the way in which minority and dissenting voices are incorporated and ‘managed’ will be the particular focus of this paper. What will be argued is that museums as specific locales of knowledge and expertise operated in 2007 to perpetuate a particular ‘vision’ of the past, whilst dissenting histories did emerge, this ‘vision’ acted to obscure or assume alternative sources of information.

Publication Type: Articles
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT601 Classes > HT851 Slavery
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > History
Depositing User: Ross Wilson
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 13:56
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 10:59

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