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Museums and the Public Sphere


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List of Images vii Introduction 1 1 The Public Sphere 15 2 Historical Discourses of the Museum 45 3 The Museum as Public Space 81 4 Audience, Community, and Public 118 5 The Museum as Public Intellectual 143 Conclusion 164 References 175 Acknowledgments 191 Index 193

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Jennifer Barrett is the Director of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and currently collaborates with the University of Hong Kong on a museum studies program to support developments in their museum sector. She is the editor, with Caroline Butler-Bowdon, of Debating the City: An Anthology (2001).


"[Barrett]constructs a framework within which it is possible toboth confront some startling realities about the gap betweenmuseums' purported public' role and their efficacy andrelevance in the public sphere', and consider initiativesthat might rectify this situation." (Visitor Studies Journal, 9March 2012)

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