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Title: Attracting zealots : responses to disability in museum collections and practice in the early 21st century
Author: Walters, Diana.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3558 0285
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis explores the response of museums to questions a~ound disability and disabled people, with a focus on the United Kingdom and the United States. Sweden is also considered and there is one example from Germany. Museums have increasingly considered disability due to the introduction of antidiscrimination legislation and cultural policy, especially the access and inclusion agendas. It finds that although museums appear to be adopting the language of the social model of disability, often with enthusiasm, the evidence for theoretical considerations around disability is thin. Using a factor analysis approach, the thesis identifies types of responses to disability and underpinning attitudes, which show that there are clear limits to understanding. It also suggests that the emphasis on representation of disabled people within collections highlights the need for greater consultation and involvement of disabled people within the sector to avoid further stereotyping. It concludes that the considerable amount of research being done about disability could be far better employed in museum practice and understanding. Key words: Disability, Museums, Representation, Attitude, Disability Theory
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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