Wk 15A 2017 Rise of Museums 19th c.ppt - Today’ s Task Understanding the Rise of Museums as Sites of “Disciplinary Power” • What are the rules

Wk 15A 2017 Rise of Museums 19th c.ppt - Today’ s Task...

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Today’ s Task: Understanding the Rise of Museums as Sites of “Disciplinary Power” What are the rules of Museum visiting? What stories do museums tell us about ourselves? How does the form fit the content in a museum? How did museums come to be the way they are?
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Three Modalities of power Michel Foucault (1926-1984) French Philosopher / Sociologist Mental Illness & Health (1954-1963) The Order of Things (1966) Discipline & Punish (1975) Three Modes of Power Legal/Sovereign Disciplinary Governmentality
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Three Modalities of power Disciplinary Power: Power we exercise over ourselves based on our knowledge of how to fit into society. “Good people don’t do that” Full Interior: motive, identity Individualizing & Normalizing Being shunned, made into the “abnormal” Exercised through surveillance and knowledge Academic disciplines provide the basis on which we know what is good, normal and how to behave.
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Museums and Power Museums, like schools… Reinforce the cultural capital of the dominant classes Train immigrants/children/lower classes in “civilized rules of behavior” Reinforce cultural capital of authority/hierarchy Accustom youth/national newcomers to a system of social dominance and subordination
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How Should We Act In A Museum? What Are The Rules of What We Should NOT Do?
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Museums as Self-Disciplining “Civilizing” Institutions Show citizens how to behave, how to order the world, the universe, the society. Communicate knowledge to people in American cities Reinforce positivist, progressive and hierarchical view of world
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Natural History Museums in the Late Victorian World of the 19th c. Objects tell stories Objects are sources of knowledge Objects illustrate facts Objects represent a larger whole.
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