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Policy and impact of public museums in China : exploring new trends and challenges


Bollo, Sofia; Zhang, Yu (2017). Policy and impact of public museums in China : exploring new trends and challenges. Museum International, 69(3-4):26-37.

Abstract

In a commercialised and globalised China, museum institutions are pivotal elements in public strategies to present and create national self‐consciousness, insofar as their vast collections provide symbols of cultural identification on a national as well as an international level. This article will explore Chinese public museum policy and impact, firstly by describing the current status of the system as background information; secondly, by presenting the most recent trends in museum strategies and finally, by replacing the challenges and complexities of the museum system in a broader context. The analysis will draw from first hand material from interviews and informal conversations with museum professionals, small‐scale visitor surveys as well as the most recent facts and figures, and it will be illustrated by examples and supported by secondary sources.

Abstract

In a commercialised and globalised China, museum institutions are pivotal elements in public strategies to present and create national self‐consciousness, insofar as their vast collections provide symbols of cultural identification on a national as well as an international level. This article will explore Chinese public museum policy and impact, firstly by describing the current status of the system as background information; secondly, by presenting the most recent trends in museum strategies and finally, by replacing the challenges and complexities of the museum system in a broader context. The analysis will draw from first hand material from interviews and informal conversations with museum professionals, small‐scale visitor surveys as well as the most recent facts and figures, and it will be illustrated by examples and supported by secondary sources.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Art History
06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
08 Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Conservation
Social Sciences & Humanities > Museology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Museology, Conservation
Language:English
Date:1 July 2017
Deposited On:21 Jan 2020 13:21
Last Modified:11 Mar 2021 16:23
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1468-0033
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Museum International on 2017/07/01, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1111/muse.12170
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/muse.12170
Official URL:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1111/muse.12170

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