The New History in an Old Museum

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Juli 1997



An ethnographic exploration of the presentation of history at Colonial Williamsburg. It examines the packaging of American history, and the consumerism and the manufacturing of cultural beliefs.


Richard Handler is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.Eric Gable is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Mary Washington College.


"In this impressive ethnography of Williamsburg, Handler and Gable take us behind the scenes and show us the roles of professional historians, front-line interpreters, corporate officials, and service workers in shaping the portrait of eighteenth-century Virginia that is presented. I know of no other book that presents such a complete and complex portrait of the museum as a social, economic, and cultural institution." - Roy Rosenzweig, George Mason University "A study quite unlike anything I've ever seen: in its depth of research, breadth of conception, theoretical sophistication, and incisiveness of judgment, it seems to me unmatched." - Peter Novick, University of Chicago "This manuscript is a deep and original work of cultural critique. It will go a long way in improving the image of cultural studies scholarship among historians, anthropologists, and others, who hold it in suspicion. I am sure this study will be much cited as such an exemplar in several fields." - George E. Marcus, Rice University
EAN: 9780822319740
ISBN: 0822319748
Untertitel: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg. 18 b&w photographs. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Duke University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 1997
Seitenanzahl: 272 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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