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By Dominic Thomas

ISBN-10: 0253006708

ISBN-13: 9780253006707

This stimulating and insightful ebook unearths how elevated regulate over immigration has replaced cultural and social creation in theater, literature, or even museum development. Dominic Thomas's research unravels the complicated cultural and political realities of long-standing mobility among Africa and Europe. Thomas questions the try and position strict limits on what it ability to be French or eu and provides a feeling of what needs to occur to result in a renewed experience of integration and worldwide Frenchness.

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Arguably, the most striking component of his speech would concern his allusion to, “Those are absurd and shocking prejudices, which must be combated. There is no hierarchy of the arts any more than there is a hierarchy of peoples. First and foremost, the Musée 28 Africa and France du Quai Branly is founded on the belief in the equal dignity of the world’s cultures” (Chirac, “Address,” 2, emphasis added). Essentially, the structure was provided by four key components as they inform and relate to a broader francocentrist project.

Grands travaux present an image of a modern, progressive, culturally and technologically dynamic “nation,” one that claims to be sensitive to cultural differences. But behind the benevolent and democratic façade hides a disturbing cultural logic, one that contains and oppresses. (“La Plus Grande France,” 249–250) The vestiges of this outdated conceptualization of France’s global status remained in evidence in Chirac’s rhetoric, and as Susan Vogel rightly claims, “Things are slightly more complicated in the case of the Quai Branly because Museology and Globalization 25 of the fact that this project was ordered by the office of the President of the French Republic and that the client was therefore the French State” (“Des ombres sur la Seine,” 192).

It is Museology and Globalization 19 important therefore that museum policy is responsive to this possibility. 3 Restitution of Cultural Property. In thinking about the multidimensionality of the postcolonial era, several strategies have emerged with which to confront colonial history: (1) the willingness to rethink the ownership of museum holdings within the context of reckoning with acquisition procedures, (2) responding to the repositioning of museological agendas from aesthetic to political ones,20 (3) privileging the experiential (in exhibits such as Hackney Museum’s exhibition “Abolition ’07”), and (4) narrowing the representational gap between the “us” and the “them” in order to recognize that audiences are also “postcolonial” and that the parameters of the nation-state are no longer the same.

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