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Local Communities and the Social Involvement of the Ethnographic Museums
Local Communities and the Social Involvement of the Ethnographic Museums

Author(s): Nikolay Nenov
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Museology & Heritage Studies, Customs / Folklore, Preservation, Ethnohistory, History of ideas, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Modern Age, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: local communities;social involvement;museum;ethnography;

Summary/Abstract: This text describes and problematizes examples of Bulgarian and foreign museums focusing on mechanisms of social involvement. Examples are united by an anthropological discourse which gives Bulgarian ethnographic museums an opportunity to expand the thematic issues of their exhibits and activities. Alternative ways to develop and use the museum as an instrument for social criticism are part of the quest of today’s ethnographic museums. At the same time, the author makes his bias towards the Ecomuseum format clear in the search for an ethnographic reading, showing that the establishment of these museums creates a connection between local communities and the museum, which makes it possible to share local identity with various audiences.

  • Issue Year: V/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 30-43
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English