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Interpretations Reading List

Interpretations, 2020/21, Semester 1
Helen Graham
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Interpreting Cultures Reading List

The module handbook will set out essential and optional reading for each week.

Adorno, T. and Horkheimer, M. (1995 [1944]) ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception’, Dialectic of Enlightenment. New York : Continuum, 1995. Available at: and various editions are available from the library.

Ames, M. (2003) ‘How to decorate a house: the renegotiation of cultural representation at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology’, in Museums and source communities : a Routledge reader (eds) Peers, L.L, Brown, A. K. London: Routledge, pp. 171-180.

Arnold, M. (1869) Culture and anarchy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Various editions are available from the library.

Arts Council (2011) Arts Audiences: Insight. Available at:

Bal, M. (1994) ‘Telling Objects: A Narrative Perspective on Collecting’, in Elsner and Cardinal, The cultures of collecting. London: Reaktion.

Baxandall, M. (1991) ‘Exhibiting Intention: Some Preconditions of the Visual Display of Culturally Purposeful Objects’ in Karp, I. and Levine, S. Exhibiting cultures : the poetics and politics of museum display. Washington & London: Smithsonian.

Bennett. T. (1998) Culture : a reformer's science. London: Sage.

Bennett, T. (2005) ‘Culture’ in New keywords : a revised vocabulary of culture and society. Oxford: Blackwells.

Bennett, T. (2005) ‘Civil Laboratories: Museums, cultural objecthood and the governance of the social’, Cultural studies., 19 (5) 521-547.

Bennett, T. (2006) ‘Exhibition, Difference and the ‘logic of culture’’, in Museum frictions : public cultures/global transformations (eds) Karp, I., Kratz, C. A., Szwaja, L. and Ybarra-Frausto, T. Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 46-69.

Bennett, T. (2007) ‘Making Culture, Changing Society’, Cultural studies., 21 (4-5) 610-629.

Black, G. (2012) Transforming museums in the twenty-first century. London: Routledge.

Boast, R. (2011) ‘Neocolonial Collaboration: Museum as Contact Zone Revisited’, Museum Anthropology 34 (1): 56-70.

Bourdieu, P. and P. Darbel The love of art : European art museums and their public. (1990), (Chapters 2 and 4)

Centre for Economic and Business Research (2007) Summary report: Attending heritage sites. A quantitative analysis of data from the Taking Part survey. Available at:

Clifford, J. (1988) ‘On Collecting Art and Culture’, in The predicament of culture : twentieth-century ethnography, literature, and art. Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 1988.

Clifford, J. (1997) Routes : travel and translation in the late twentieth century. Havard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cooke, B. and Kothari, U. (eds) (2001) Participation, the new tyranny? London: Zed Books.

Cornwall, A. and Coelhp, V. S. (2007) Spaces for change? : the politics of citizen participation in new democratic arenas. London: Zed Books.

Dean, M. (1999) Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society. London: Sage.

Dibley, B. (2005) ‘The museum’s redemption: Contact zones, government and the limits of reform’, International journal of cultural studies. 8 (1), pp. 5-27

Dewey, J. Democracy and education : an introduction to the philosophy of education.. Various editions are available from the library.

Falk, J. H. and Dierking, L. D. (2002) Lessons without limit : how free-choice learning is transforming education. New York, AltaMira Press

Falk, J. H. and Dierking, L. H. (2013) The museum experience revisited. Left Coast Press.: Walnut Creek, California.

Freire, P. (1970) Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Seabury. Various editions are available from the library.

Gallagher, M. (2008) ‘Foucault, Power and Participation’, International journal of children's rights., 16: 395-406.

Gallagher, M. (2008) ‘”Power is not an evil”: rethinking power in participatory methods’, Children's geographies., 6 (2): 137-150.

Goodley, D. (2014) Dis/ability studies : theorising disablism and ableism. London: Routledge.

Graham, H. (2012) ‘Scaling Governmentality: Museums, co-production and re-calibrations of the “logic of culture”’, Cultural studies. 26, (4): 565-592.

Graham, H. (2013) ‘Museums and knowing about access’, New formations., 79.4: 64-82

Gray, C. (2008b) ‘Instrumental policies: causes, consequences, museums and galleries’, Cultural trends., 17:4, 209-222

Hardy, C. and M. Grenfell (2007) Art rules : Pierre Bourdieu and the visual arts.

Hein, G. (1998) Learning in the museum. New York: Routledge (can be read online via the library). Chapter 2 ‘Education Theory’

Hein, G. (2012) Progressive museum practice : John Dewey and democracy. Left Coast Press: Walnut Creek.

Hewison, R. (1987) The heritage industry : Britain in a climate of decline. Methuen: London. Various editions are available from the library.

Illich, I (2002 [1973]) Deschooling Society. London: Marian Boyars. Various editions are available from the library.

Kolb, D. A. (1984) Experiential Learning: Experience as the source of learning and development (Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall). (until p. 38)

Lang, C., Reeve, J. and Woollard, V. (2006) The responsive museum : working with audiences in the twenty-first century. Ashgate: Aldershot.

Lowenthal. The past is a foreign country (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985)

Lynch, B. (2011a) Whose cake is it anyway? A collaborative investigation into engagement and participation in 12 museums and galleries in the UK.

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Lynch, B. (2011b) ‘Collaboration, contestation, and creative conflict: On the efficacy of museum/community partnership‘ in The Routledge companion to museum ethics : redefining ethics for the twenty-first-century museum (ed) Marstine, J. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 146-163

O’Neill, M. (2002) ‘The Good Enough Visitor’, in Richard Sandell (ed.) Museums, society, inequality. London: Routledge.

McClellan, A. (ed.), Art and its publics : museum studies at the millennium. Oxford and New Malden, MA: Blackwells, 2003.

Macdonald, S. (2002) Behind the scenes at the Science Museum. Oxford: Blackwell.

Macdonald, S. (2003) ‘Museums, national, postnational and transcultural identities’, Museum and Society, 1 (1): 1-16

Macdonald, S. (ed.) (2006) A companion to museum studies . Companions in Cultural Studies Series. Malden, USA; Oxford, UK; Victoria, Canada: Blackwell.

Carbonell, B. M. (ed.), Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts. Oxford and New Malden, MA: Blackwells, 2004.

Preziosi, D. and Farago, C. (eds), Grasping the world : the idea of the museum. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

Prior, N. ‘A question of perception: Bourdieu, Art and the Postmodern’, The British journal of sociology., (2005), 56:1.

Simon, N. (2010) The participatory museum. Available online:

Simon, N. (2012) ‘Balancing Engagement: Adventures in Participatory Label Design’, Museum 2.0. Available at: (online)

Rees-Leahy, H. (2012) Museum bodies : the politics and practices of visiting and viewing. Ashgate: Aldershot.

Serrell, b. (1996) Exhibit labels : an interpretive approach. AltaMira Press, California.

Serrell, B. ‘Paying Attention: The duration and allocation of visitors' time in museum exhibitions’, Curator the Museum Journal, 40(2), (1997), pp108-125.

Silverman, R. A. (ed) (2015) Museum as process : translating local and global knowledges. London: Routledge.

Storey, J. (2009) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. Edinburgh: Pearson

Tilden, F. (1977 [1957]) Interpreting our heritage. Third Edition. The University of North Carolina Press: Durham, NC.

Walsh, K. (1992) The representation of the past : museums and heritage in the post-modern world. London: Routledge. Introduction, ‘Conserving a Past’

Watson, S. (2007) (ed.) Museums and their communities. London, Routledge.

Whitehead, A. N. (1916) .The Aims of Education. Various editions are available from the library.

Whitehead, C. (2012) Interpreting art in museums and galleries. London: Routledge.

Williams, R. (1981) ‘Culture’, Keywords. London: Flamingo.

Williams, R. (1981) ‘Introduction’, Keywords. London: Flamingo.

This list was last updated on 18/09/2018