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Capital and the Museum Experience

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Newman


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This article aims to contribute to the understanding of how users of museums and galleries make sense of their experience. In order to do this it analyses the results of a research project that aimed to determine the ability of museums to ameliorate the effects of social exclusion. The results are analysed using the constructs of human, social, cultural and identity capital. The analysis presents a complex picture that contributes to an understanding of how the visitors to the exhibitions and participants in the community development projects considered made use of them as a context to make investments, which had a range of social benefits. The motivation behind these investments was that they allowed the individuals concerned to understand and in some cases modify the social world around them. This was carried out in response to the needs of those individuals at a particular time, which for the respondents was related to their personal experience of exclusion.

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Author(s): Newman A, McLean F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Cultural Studies

Year: 2004

Volume: 7

Issue: 4

Pages: 480-498

ISSN (print): 1028-6632

ISSN (electronic): 1477-2833

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1177/1367877904047865


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