Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781933253855 Published August 2013

Museums in a Global Context

National Identity, International Understanding

Edited by Jennifer Dickey, Samir El Azhar, and Catherine M. Lewis

Museums in a Global Context
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Edited by Jennifer Dickey, Samir El Azhar, and Catherine M. Lewis

Distributed for American Alliance of Museums Press

200 pages | 15 color plates, 10 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2013
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781933253855 Published August 2013
Most museum visitors can see how national character is reflected in the museum’s layout and collection. But museums do more than provide a mirror for national identity; they shape it. Museums in a Global Context looks at the way globalization has shaped museum culture, and in turn how museums have shaped the public’s understanding of various local, regional, and national identities. The contributors to this volume reflect upon a wide variety of issues in this field, including the politics of museum interpretation in a global context, issues of cultural patrimony and heritage tourism, and strategies for engaging both visitors and communities as a whole. To supplement these thematic essays, the editors offer case studies from around the globe, including Germany, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Vietnam. These in-depth accounts of specific national museum cultures underscore the common motives to educate and inspire, which can be found throughout the world.  
Ford W. Bell
1. The Ben M’sik Community Museum: Beyond Cultural Boundaries
Samir El Azhar
2. Promoting Civil and Human Rights Worldwide through Education: A Case Study of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Laura Caldwell Anderson
3. Conservative Education: A Global Perspective on Collaboration
Leah M. Melber and Katie L. Gillespie
4. From the Steel City to the Ruhr Valley…And Back
Amy Buchan Baldonieri
5. Beyond Pens and Dusty Uniforms: The United States Diplomacy Center’s Global Perspective
Priscilla Rachun Linn
6. War and Remembrance in Ho Chi Minh City
Jennifer W. Dickey
7. A Hot Debate over the Cold War: The Plan for a Cold War Center at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Jula Danylow and Andreas Etges
8. One Zellij at a Time: Building Local and Global Cultural Connections and Creative Thinking Skills through an Exhibit of Islamic Arts for Children in Saudi Arabia
Elif M. Gokcigdem and Michelle Seaters
9. Vision for Culture in the Arabian Gulf: National Identity and Emergence
Peggy Loar
10. Will Online Technology Shape Museum Engagement in the Global Community?
Opportunities and Challenges
Herminia Wei-Hsin Din
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