Displaced culture: multiculturalism and museology at the National Museum of Australia

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Cvoro, Uros. 2007. "Displaced culture: multiculturalism and museology at the National Museum of Australia." Callahan, David (ed.) Australia—who cares?. Perth, Australia. Curtin University. pp. 153-167
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Displaced culture: multiculturalism and museology at the National Museum of Australia

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
Book TitleAustralia—who cares?
Authors
AuthorCvoro, Uros
EditorsCallahan, David
Page Range153-167
Number of Pages15
Year2007
PublisherCurtin University
Place of PublicationPerth, Australia
ISBN9781920845308
Web Address (URL)http://www.easa-australianstudies.net/flyers/Who%20cares_flyer.pdf
Abstract

It is my argument that the National Museum of Australia is similar to Australian 'national' politics of
multiculturalism in that they both engage in 'cultural' debates away from the undisturbed functioning of capitalism as their necessary condition. While they both clearly reflect different kinds of 'cultures', I argue that they both represent narrativisations of a new ideology formation-the ideology of displaced culture.
In what follows, I will briefly map out the history of the National Museum of Australia as a project; and I conclude with an analysis of the cultural and political climate in which the project was finally realised and suggest how the museum was related to the Howard Government's politics of multiculturalism.

Keywordsmulticulturalism, museums
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