Representing the Nation: Heritage, Museums, National Narratives, and Identity in the Arab Gulf States

1st Edition

Pamela Erskine-Loftus, Mariam Ibrahim Al-Mulla, Victoria Hightower

Routledge
Published June 13, 2016
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9781138913578 - CAT# Y201501
Series: Routledge Research in Museum Studies

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Summary

The 1970s saw the emergence and subsequent proliferation across the Arabian Peninsula of ‘national museums’, institutions aimed at creating social cohesion and affiliation to the state within a disparate population. Representing the Nation examines the wide-ranging use of exhibitionary forms of national identity projection via consideration of their motivations, implications (current and future), possible historical backgrounds, official and unofficial meanings, and meanings for both the user/visitor and the multiple creators. The book responds to, due to the importance placed on tradition, heritage and national identity across all the states of the Peninsula, and the growth of re-imagined and new museums, the need for far greater discussion and research in these areas.

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