Cannibal Tours and Glass Boxes: The Anthropology of Museums

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This rich, complex, and compelling book represents a forceful scrutiny of the often polarized discourse on museums as well as an attempt to discredit one-sided arguments that prevent subtle and nuanced understandings of these institutions. ? Ames spends a good deal of time challenging the ways people think about, understand, and represent Native art. ? Ames raises interesting and important questions for anthropologists., for art historians, and for museum professionals. ? The struggle for genuine openness to a multitude of voices is by no means over; we should be grateful to Michael Ames for providing us with such a rational and thoughtful publication which represents a major contribution to that struggle. -- Aldona Jonaitis, Museum Anthropology "Cannibal Tours" has quite a bit to recommend it, and to recommend it to professional and lay readers alike. For the former, it offers some new and eminently practical insights not just about the present and future of museums, but about the relevance of anthropology to late 20th century society. In this sense the book is less true to its current subtitle than to the original "Anthropology of Anthropology," and so is deserving of being read as a critical commentary on where the discipline has been, and where it may be heading. And for the latter, Ames's well-written essays explain a good deal of what actually constitutes the work of museums, most importantly the production of those "cultural consumables" meant to inform and entertain the museum-going public. - Barnett Richling, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University Museum curators, anthropologists, and students of popular culture will find much in "Cannibal Tours and Glass Boxes" to inform and provoke. It will . . . Encourage readers to challenge the common sense of their own particular situations and apply its lessons to the operations of their own institutions. -- Patricia McCormack, "Alberta Museums Review"

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This collection of essays poses a number of probing questions about the role and responsibility of museums and anthropology in the contemporary world. Ames, an internationally renowned museum director, challenges popular concepts and criticisms of museums, and presents an alternate perspective which reflects his experiences from many years of museum work. These essays offer an accessible, often anecdotal, journey through one professional anthropologist's concerns about, and hopes for, the discipline and its future.

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