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Conflict and Complement: An Exploration of the Discourses Informing the Concept of the Socially Inclusive Museum in Contemporary Britain

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This paper argues that there are a number of competing discourses informing debates about the idea of the ‘socially inclusive museum’ in Britain today. It identifies three major discourses present from the nineteenth century to the present day – the governmental, the representational, and the economic – and explores the relationships between them. It is proposed that recognition of the respective ideological and historical contexts of these different discourses will help us to understand some of the recent confusion and disagreement over the nature and merits of the ‘socially inclusive museum’. The article concludes by proposing some issues for future research.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mason R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Heritage Studies

Year: 2004

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: 49-74

ISSN (print): 1352-7258

ISSN (electronic): 1470-3610

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/1352725032000194240


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