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Author Kurin, Richard, 1950-

Title Reflections of a culture broker : a view from the Smithsonian / Richard Kurin
Published Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, [1997]


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 MELB  069.0975 Kur/Roa  AVAILABLE
Description xv, 315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Foreword / I. Michael Heyman -- 1. Prologue: Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief -- 2. Introduction: Brokering Culture -- 3. Brokering the Smithsonian's 150th Anniversary -- 4. Making a Museum Object -- 5. Exhibiting the Enola Gay -- 6. What's With Anthropology? -- 7. Debating Racially and Culturally Specific Museums -- 8. The Festival on the Mall -- 9. The Festival of India -- 10. Brokering Post-Cold War Folklore -- 11. America's Reunion on the Mall: A Presidential Inaugural -- 12. O Jerusalem! -- 13. Workers' Culture in the White House -- 14. What Is It? The American South at the Olympics -- 15. Conclusion: The New Study and Curation of Culture
Summary Is culture brokered like stocks, real estate, or marriage? In this engaging book, Richard Kurin shows that cultures are always mediated and indeed brokered by countries, organizations, communities, and individuals - all with their own vision of the truth and varying abilities to impose it on others. Arguing that cultural exhibits reflect a series of decisions about representing someone, someplace, and something, Reflections of a Culture Broker discusses the ethical and technical problems faced by not only those who practice in a museum setting but also anyone charged with representing culture in a public forum
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-307) and index
Subject Smithsonian Institution -- Management.
Smithsonian Institution -- Public relations.
Anthropological museums and collections -- Washington (D.C.) -- Management.
Culture conflict -- United States.
Museum exhibits -- Political aspects -- United States.
Museum techniques -- United States.
SUBJECT United States -- Cultural policy.
LC no. 97006974
ISBN 156098757X (paperback: alk. paper)
1560987898 (alk. paper)