The objective of this thesis is to reveal the dearth of holistic cultural representation in museums within the Ile de la Réunion and how it can hinder social and economic development. A former colony of France and now department, the island has a blend of “French” and Creole identities that do not correspond to the homogenous nature of French Republicanism. Curious in overseas departments and their cultural relationship to mainland France, I chose Réunion because of my personal interests in multiculturalism, overseas France, and contemporary cultural representation(s). In order to demonstrate the Réunion case, I develop the topic in chapter one by first introducing “identity” and its meaning in France as related to Republicanism and overseas realities such as creolization. In chapter two, I transition into museum studies by discussing the manner by which overseas departments and collectivities are represented in metropolitan France and in the overseas departments proper. I visited the island in September 2011 and selected three museums which are used as case studies in chapter three to display the absence of Réunionnais “living culture” in cultural institutions throughout the island. The Ile de la Réunion is a dynamic environment exemplary of how cultural identities arising from colonialism have emerged and are represented in contemporary society alongside museum innovation, tourism, and increased international commitment.
|Advisor:||Isar, Yudhishthir Raj|
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Department:||International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society|
|Source:||MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||European Studies, Economics, Museum studies|
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