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Public Representations of Immigrants in Museums


Public Representations of Immigrants in Museums

Exhibition and Exposure in France and Germany
Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

von: Yannik Porsché

118,99 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 13.02.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319663579
Sprache: englisch

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This book offers an interactionist perspective on theories of public representation, knowledge and immigration in museum institutions. Examining how a Franco-German museum exhibition represents immigrants and exposes public stereotypes, the analysis follows the process of the production and reception of the exhibition as it travelled from Paris to Berlin. The author proposes a microsociological contextualisation analysis integrating discourse analysis and ethnography to compare formats of museum work, social interaction in the exhibition and mass media debates. Visitor reception of the different exhibition versions reveals the symbolic nature of interactions in museums, for example concerning conflicting political voices and accusations of censorship. Depending on the institutional context, interactions in the museums are geared towards securing immigrants a place in national collective memory, towards carrying out debate on integration, or providing opportunities for personal encounters and reflection beyond national categorisation. This book will appeal to students and researchers interested in work on the intersection of sociology, cultural studies, and discursive psychology, in methods of discourse analysis and ethnography; and to practitioners working in museums.
1: Introduction: Staging public representations in the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, the Deutsches Historisches Museum, and the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum.2: Museums, the public, and immigration.3: Microsociological Contextualisation Analysis.4: Epistemic production behind the museum scenes in France and Germany.5: Public interactions on the museum stages.6: Conclusion: Exhibiting immigrants-exposing the public.
Yannik Porsché is a postdoctoral researcher in the Sociology department of the Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany. His research combines discourse analysis and ethnography, and focuses on social interactions in institutional work contexts. He recently published a book on police work in crime prevention - a study that was conducted at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and the Humboldt University of Berlin.
This book offers an interactionist perspective on theories of public representation, knowledge and immigration in museum institutions. Examining how a Franco-German museum exhibition represents immigrants and exposes public stereotypes, the analysis follows the process of the production and reception of the exhibition as it travelled from Paris to Berlin. The author proposes a microsociological contextualisation analysis integrating discourse analysis and ethnography to compare formats of museum work, social interaction in the exhibition and mass media debates. Visitor reception of the different exhibition versions reveal the symbolic nature of interactions in museums, for example concerning conflicting political voices and accusations of censorship. Depending on the institutional context, interactions in the museums are geared towards securing immigrants a place in national collective memory, towards carrying out debate on integration, or providing opportunities for personal encounters and reflection beyond national categorisation. This book will appeal to students and researchers interested in work on the intersection of sociology, cultural studies, and discursive psychology, in methods of discourse analysis and ethnography; and to practitioners working in museums.
Investigates how the representation of foreigners in museum exhibitions on immigrant history is seen by the audience, and what it reveals about the national selfSheds light on how museum staff, visitors, academics, journalists and politicians publicly exhibit images of immigrantsCombines conversation analysis, discourse analysis and ethnography to analyse large amounts of exhibition data in different institutional contexts
Investigates how the representation of foreigners in museum exhibitions on immigrant history is seen by the audience, and what it reveals about the national selfSheds light on how museum staff, visitors, academics, journalists and politicians publicly exhibit images of immigrantsCombines conversation analysis, discourse analysis and ethnography to analyse large amounts of exhibition data in different institutional contexts
“What do people do in museums? Surrounded by exhibits, speaking to tour-guides or reading a catalogue and press reviews, they engage in meaning-making practices. This study of a French-German exhibition makes a powerful case for combining interaction analysis and ethnography in order to carry out empirically and theoretically insightful research on public discourse – a must-read for students and researchers interested in qualitative approaches to Discourse Studies.”(Professor Johannes Angermuller, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK) “Through three museums presenting the same-but-very-different exhibition on immigration, Yannik Porsché guides us on a fascinating journey from Paris to Berlin. The museum institutions not only produce representations of immigrants, but also tell us a great deal about those who do the representing. This study shows how, as epistemic spaces, museums orchestrate and discipline discourse about their objects. Moreover, it reveals how, as interactional spaces, they – sometimes unwillingly – enable other voices and bodies to speak through and in them. An important book!” (Professor Lorenza Mondada, Chair of general linguistics and French linguistics, University of Basel, Switzerland)“In this highly original comparative study, Yannik Porsché opens a mysterious black box: that of the institutional epistemics of how museums construct knowledge. The study is a much needed corrective to our understanding of museums as a neutral storage space for collective memories—and a fantastic extension of the notion of epistemic cultures to the productive space at the intersection of the museum, the media and science.” (Professor Karin Knorr Cetina, Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, USA)

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