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Unpacking the Collection: Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum

  title={Unpacking the Collection: Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum},
  author={Sarah Byrne and Anne Clarke and Rodney Harrison and Robin Torrence},
Museum collections are often perceived as static entities hidden away in storerooms or trapped behind glass cases. By focusing on the dynamic histories of museum collections, new research reveals their pivotal role in shaping a wide range of social relations. Over time and across space the interactions between these artefacts and the people and institutions who made, traded, collected, researched and exhibited them have generated complex networks of material and social agency. In this… Expand
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