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Museum development and cultural representation: developing the Kelabit Highlands Community Museum
bookposted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jonathan Sweet, Meghan KellyMeghan Kelly
Museum Development and Cultural Representation critically examines the development of a museum and cultural heritage centre in the indigenous Kelabit Highlands in Sarawak, Malaysia. Building on their direct involvement in the development of the project, the authors appraise the process in retrospect through a thematic analysis. Themes covered include the project’s local and international contexts, community involvement and agency, the balance of tourism and authenticity, and the role of non-local partners. Through their analysis, the authors unpack the complexities of cultural representation and identity in heritage design practice, and investigates the relationship between capacity building and agency in cultural heritage management. Situating the project within international trends in museology, Museum Development and Cultural Representation offers a valuable case example of a heritage-making process in an indigenous community. It will be of interest to scholars and students studying cultural representation, as well as communities and museum professionals looking to develop similar projects.
Pagination1 - 130
Place of publicationAbingdon, Eng.
Publication classificationA1 Books - authored - research
Copyright notice2019, Jonathan Sweet and Meghan Kelly
Number of chapters9
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Kelabit HighlandsKelabit peopleKelabit communityheritage conservationcommunity museummuseum development projectSarawak Museummuseum developmentintangible cultural heritagefieldwork programTom Harrissongovernment ethnologisttraditional knowledgeheritage valuesnative customary landSMJvisual communication designcolonial museumsparticipatory action researchcultural heritage studentsLanguage Arts & DisciplinesCultural heritageKelabitSarawakCultural heritage centre for asia and the pacificCross-cultural communicationDesignIdentity and representation