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The Resource Desegregating the past : the public life of memory in the United States and South Africa, Robyn Autry

Desegregating the past : the public life of memory in the United States and South Africa, Robyn Autry

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Desegregating the past : the public life of memory in the United States and South Africa
Title
Desegregating the past
Title remainder
the public life of memory in the United States and South Africa
Statement of responsibility
Robyn Autry
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"At the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, visitors confront the past upon arrival. They must decide whether to enter the museum through a door marked 'whites' or another marked 'non-whites.' Inside, along with text, they encounter hanging nooses and other reminders of apartheid-era atrocities. In the United States, museum exhibitions about racial violence and segregation are mostly confined to black history museums, with national history museums sidelining such difficult material. Even the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is dedicated not to violent histories of racial domination but to a more generalized narrative about black identity and culture. The scale at which violent racial pasts have been incorporated into South African national historical narratives is lacking in the U.S. 'Desegregating the Past' considers why this is the case, tracking the production and display of historical representations of racial pasts at museums in both countries and what it reveals about underlying social anxieties, unsettled emotions, and aspirations surrounding contemporary social fault lines around race. Robyn Autry consults museum archives, conducts interviews with staff, and recounts the public and private battles fought over the creation and content of history museums. Despite vast differences in the development of South African and U.S. society, Autry finds a common set of ideological, political, economic, and institutional dilemmas arising out of the selective reconstruction of the past. Museums have played a major role in shaping public memory, at times recognizing and at other times blurring the ongoing influence of historical crimes. The narratives museums produce to engage with difficult, violent histories expose present anxieties concerning identity, (mis)recognition, and ongoing conflict."--JSTOR website (viewed February 24, 2017)
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Cataloging source
EBLCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Autry, Robyn K
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Columbia scholarship online
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • Blacks
  • Racism
  • Racism
  • Historical museums
  • Historical museums
  • Memory
  • Memory
  • United States
  • South Africa
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • African Americans
  • Blacks
  • Historical museums
  • Memory
  • Race relations
  • Racism
  • South Africa
  • United States
Label
Desegregating the past : the public life of memory in the United States and South Africa, Robyn Autry
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Desegregating the past -- Memory entrepreneurs : history in the making -- The curated past : remembering the collective -- Managing collective representations -- Breaking the collective : memory deviants -- Conclusion: The museumification of memory
Control code
ocn967537589
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 250 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231542517
Lccn
2016039618
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/autr17758
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 5b4123a4-47d1-4c5e-8538-be222f355750
  • 22573/ctt1kn25ss
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)967537589
Label
Desegregating the past : the public life of memory in the United States and South Africa, Robyn Autry
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Desegregating the past -- Memory entrepreneurs : history in the making -- The curated past : remembering the collective -- Managing collective representations -- Breaking the collective : memory deviants -- Conclusion: The museumification of memory
Control code
ocn967537589
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 250 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231542517
Lccn
2016039618
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/autr17758
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 5b4123a4-47d1-4c5e-8538-be222f355750
  • 22573/ctt1kn25ss
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)967537589

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