Practice Makes 'Museum People'

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Hakamies , I 2017 , ' Practice Makes 'Museum People' ' , Museum & Society , vol. 15 , no. 2 , pp. 142-152 . https://doi.org/10.29311/mas.v15i2.829

Title: Practice Makes 'Museum People'
Author: Hakamies, Inkeri
Contributor organization: Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Museum & Society
ISSN: 1479-8360
DOI: https://doi.org/10.29311/mas.v15i2.829
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312750
Abstract: This article examines how museum work is evaluated, and how it affects museum professionals’ identities. The empirical material consists of biographical interviews of Finnish museum professionals. The key concept for the analysis is ‘museum people’, which represents the ideal museum workers. As a community of practice ‘museum people’ are defined by what they do – ‘proper’ museum work. Analyzing the defining practices and elements of the community also reveals that it is placed in a time and space of its own. Reflecting oneself to ‘museum people’ and their practices can be elemental for the identity work of a museum professional.This article examines how museum work is evaluated, and how it affects museum professionals’ identities. The empirical material consists of biographical interviews of Finnish museum professionals. The key concept for the analysis is ‘museum people’, which represents the ideal museum workers. As a community of practice ‘museum people’ are defined by what they do – ‘proper’ museum work. Analyzing the defining practices and elements of the community also reveals that it is placed in a time and space of its own. Reflecting oneself to ‘museum people’ and their practices can be elemental for the identity work of a museum professional.
Subject: 6160 Other humanities
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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