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Having and Belonging
Homes and Museums in Israel
233 pages, 44 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-134-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (April 2016)
eISBN 978-1-78533-135-0 eBook
“There are many books that attempt to place museums in a national and a subnational context, but Having and Belonging’s innovative methodology and careful research set it apart. It makes a valuable contribution not only to museology but also to studies of immigration, nationalism, and ethnicity.” · Steven Lavine, California Institute of the Arts
“This is a well-written and highly original work combining studies of material culture, life histories, museums, and migration. It offers a kaleidoscopic perspective on the many communities that comprise Israeli society, with an analysis that is multilayered and empathetic.” · Dienke Hondius, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The home and the museum are typically understood as divergent, even oppositional, social realms: whereas one evokes privacy and familial intimacy, the other is conceived of as a public institution oriented around various forms of civic identity. This meticulous, insightful book draws striking connections between both spheres, which play similar roles by housing objects and generating social narratives. Through fascinating explorations of the museums and domestic spaces of eight representative Israeli communities—Chabad, Moroccan, Iraqi, Ethiopian, Russian, Religious-Zionist, Christian Arab, and Muslim Arab—it gives a powerful account of museums’ role in state formation, proposing a new approach to collecting and categorizing particularly well-suited to societies in conflict.
Judy Jaffe-Schagen obtained her doctorate in history from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has extensive experience communicating the results of new scholarship to the public through museum exhibitions and related media. Currently, in affiliation with the Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies, she is researching the role of museums and memorials in helping migrant groups to become acknowledged and respected within society.
Subject: Museum StudiesHeritage StudiesRefugee and Migration Studies
Area: Middle East & Israel
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