Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The socially inclusive role of curatorial voice: A qualitative comparative study of the use of gatekeeping mechanisms and the co-creation of identity in museums
by Coleman, Laura-Edythe Sarver, Ph.D., The Florida State University, 2016, 154; 10120605
Abstract (Summary)

Museums, and museum professionals, engage in a significant role within society. This dissertation is a qualitative exploratory study of the ways in which museum professionals promote or hinder the social inclusivity of museums through curatorial voice. Through a series of exhibit evaluations and intensive interviews, the researcher investigates the mechanisms used to craft curatorial voice within museums that handle contested subject material. This research seeks to broaden the understanding of curatorial voice, as viewed through the theoretical lenses of gatekeeper theory and co-creation of identity, with the explicit purpose of aiding in the development of professional guidance to help make museums more socially inclusive.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Marty, Paul F.
Commitee: Gross, Melissa, Kazmer, Michelle, Koslow, Jennifer
School: The Florida State University
Department: Information
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Information science, Museum studies
Keywords: Collective memory, Curatorial voice, Gatekeeping, Identity creation, Museum, Social inclusion
Publication Number: 10120605
ISBN: 978-1-339-81785-9
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