The socially inclusive role of curatorial voice| A qualitative comparative study of the use of gatekeeping mechanisms and the co-creation of identity in museums

by Laura-Edythe Sarver Coleman

Institution: The Florida State University
Year: 2016
Keywords: Communication; Information science; Museum studies
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2088111
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Museums, and museum professionals, engage in a significant role within society. This dissertation is a qualitative exploratory study of the ways in which museum professionals promote or hinder the social inclusivity of museums through curatorial voice. Through a series of exhibit evaluations and intensive interviews, the researcher investigates the mechanisms used to craft curatorial voice within museums that handle contested subject material. This research seeks to broaden the understanding of curatorial voice, as viewed through the theoretical lenses of gatekeeper theory and co-creation of identity, with the explicit purpose of aiding in the development of professional guidance to help make museums more socially inclusive.