War museums as agonistic spaces: possibilities, opportunities and constraints

  title={War museums as agonistic spaces: possibilities, opportunities and constraints},
  author={Anna Cento Bull and Hans Lauge Hansen and Wulf Kansteiner and Nina Parish},
  journal={International Journal of Heritage Studies},
  pages={611 - 625}
ABSTRACT Following the theorisation of museums as agonistic spaces and drawing on a comparative analysis of war museums located in various European countries, this paper argues that these institutions play complex and multi-layered roles beyond their obvious educational function. These not easily reconcilable roles act as major constraints upon the form and content of exhibitions and work against the adoption of an agonistic approach. However, the paper also argues that war museums are… 

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