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By Lois H. Silverman

Museums would possibly not appear firstly look to be engaged in social paintings. but, Lois H. Silverman brings jointly the following proper customer reviews, tendencies in overseas perform, and compelling examples that display how museums all over the place are utilizing their designated assets to profit human relationships and, finally, to fix the realm. during this groundbreaking booklet, Silverman forges a framework of key social paintings views to teach how museums are evolving a needs-based method of supply what gives you to be common social carrier. In partnership with social staff, social enterprises, and consumers, museums are supporting humans cope or even thrive in conditions starting from own demanding situations to social injustices. The Social paintings of Museums offers the 1st integrative survey of this rising interdisciplinary perform and an important beginning on which to construct for the long run. The Social paintings of Museums isn't just an essential and visionary source for museum education and perform within the twenty first century, but in addition a useful software for social staff, inventive arts therapists, and scholars looking to expand their horizons. it is going to motivate and empower policymakers, administrators, clinicians, and evaluators alike to interact towards museums for the subsequent age.

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Museums can also help combat prejudice (Sandell 2007). A number of museum theorists believe that museums facilitate the building of social capital, an extremely popular concept from political science that is compelling, challenging to measure, and defined in the museum literature in two subtly different ways. Echoing the work of political scientist Robert Putnam (1995; 2000), some view social capital as the development of actual trusting relationships that link people, build society, and undergird the market economy (Newman and McLean 2004; Janes and Conaty 2005; Janes 2007).

2005). Coping with the onset of dementia, these two have many reasons to appreciate their new connection, which the social worker takes care to encourage. 24â•… The Social Work of Museums In the children’s museum, the ten-year-old boy and his father, a prisoner nearing the end of his sentence, are enjoying each other’s company. With guidance from the museum social worker, the hands-on music exhibit and other museum activities also provide them with opportunities to practice essential family interaction skills like patience, listening, and cooperation.

As a product of human interaction, culture can and does change. Because the ways of a society are thus always open to the possibility of transformation, museums possess what Eilean Hooper-Greenhill has called their “radical potential”: As long as museums and galleries remain the repositories of artefacts and specimens, new relationships can always be built, new meanings can always be discovered, new interpretations with new relevances can be found, new codes and new rules can be written. (Hooper-Greenhill 1992: 215) In the service of societyâ•… 21 Increasingly, museums are taking intentional aim at cultural change.

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