Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Sympathy and Science: Social Settlements and Museums Forging the Future through a Usable Past
by Heider, Cynthia F., M.A., Temple University, 2018, 98; 10842264
Abstract (Summary)

Affiliates of the United States settlement house movement provided a historical precedent for engaged, community-centered museum practice. Their innovations upon the social survey, a key sociological data collection and data visualization tool, as well as their efforts to interpret results via innovative, culturally democratic exhibition techniques, had a contemporary impact on both museum practice and the history of social work. This impact resonates in the socially-responsive work of community museums of the recent past. The ethics of settlement methodology- including flexibility, experimentalism, empathetic practice, local community focus, and social justice activism- foreshadow the precepts and practices of what is now known as public history.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lowe, Hilary I.
Commitee: Bruggeman, Seth C., Lopez, Lisa J.
School: Temple University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Social research, Museum studies
Keywords: Data visualization, History of social work, Museum practice, Public history, Settlement house, Social survey
Publication Number: 10842264
ISBN: 978-0-438-30857-2
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