The Socially Inclusive Museum: A Typology Re-imagined

By Laura-Edythe Coleman.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Published online: January 29, 2016 $US5.00

The introduction of social inclusion theory has had an unknown influence on the realm of museum practice. Based on Sandell's typology of social inclusivity for museums, this paper proposes a re-imagination of his typology to include theoretical input from the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) and the addition of pathways for measuring social inclusivity, both quantitatively and qualitatively. In an effort to generate a more holistic typology, this paper draws upon theories and conceptual frameworks from LIS. The concept of curatorial voice, the extent to which the museum visitor is expected to determine the meaning of the exhibit, is re-imagined in Gatekeeper Theory, offering explanatory power for the flow of information within an exhibit, and the concept of “Museum as Place” is explored through the Japanese idea of “ba” with an emphasis on the museum as a milieu for shared knowledge creation.

Keywords: Museums, Social Inclusion, Information

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.41-57. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 29, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.424KB)).

Dr. Laura-Edythe Coleman

Graduate Research Associate, School of Library and Information Science, College of Communication, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA


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