Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display by Peggy LevittArtifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display by Peggy Levitt

Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display

byPeggy Levitt

Paperback | July 7, 2015

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What can we learn about nationalism by looking at a country’s cultural institutions? How do the history and culture of particular cities help explain how museums represent diversity?Artifacts and Allegiancestakes us around the world to tell the compelling story of how museums today are making sense of immigration and globalization. Based on firsthand conversations with museum directors, curators, and policymakers; descriptions of current and future exhibitions; and inside stories about the famous paintings and iconic objects that define collections across the globe, this work provides a close-up view of how different kinds of institutions balance nationalism and cosmopolitanism. By comparing museums in Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East, Peggy Levitt offers a fresh perspective on the role of the museum in shaping citizens. Taken together, these accounts tell the fascinating story of a sea change underway in the museum world at large.
Peggy Levittis Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and a Senior Research Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, where she codirects the Transnational Studies Initiative. In 2015, she is a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University...
Title:Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on DisplayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.7 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520286073

ISBN - 13:9780520286078


Table of Contents


1. The Bog and the Beast: The View of the Nation and the World from Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Gothenburg
2. The Legislator and the Priest: Cosmopolitan Nationalism in Boston and New York
3. Arabia and the East: How Singapore and Doha Display the Nation and the World

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Editorial Reviews

"While Levitt’s book offers its reader a rich analysis of different reterritorializations of the global museum assemblage supported by a thorough reading of the sociocultural environment the museums are embedded in and interact with, her writing also shows a sound sensitivity for the vast complexity required to understand museums as utterly social sites constantly negotiating which society they serve (and/or create), what their place in a globalized world could be, and how to claim this place. "