Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Christina Kreps

Abstract

The anthropology of museums, or museum ethnography, is a useful tool for critically analyzing the representational strategies of museums and their collections. This thesis focuses on the anthropological discussion of military museums and analysis of the material culture of conflict, and specifically on military museums in the United States and in Europe. Using a comparative approach, I look at how "new museology" and "new museum theory" is or is not being implanted in respective military history museum exhibitions, and discuss how personal and collective memory play a role in the construction of the military museum. I also consider how visiting, commemorating, interpreting, and reenacting aspects of military and conflict history in the museum, create narratives inside the museum.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Megan McCoy

File size

207 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Museum studies, Military history

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