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(Re) Doing Men in Museum Exhibitions? Masculinities and the Democratization of Heritage in South Africa.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2016 (English)In: Critical Perspectives on Masculinities and Relationalities: In relation to what? / [ed] Anneli Häyrén, Helena Wahlström Henriksson, Springer, 2016, 67-96 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores how democratization of heritage was played out in South African museums focusing on how museum curator represented men in exhibitions during the South African democratization process. The chapter investigates a variety of exhibitions and curatorial practices at two South African museums: the KwaZulu-Natal Museum and the Msunduzi Museum incorporating the Voortrekker complex both located in the town of Pietermaritzburg in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The material is analyzed using masculinity and performance theory revealing and explaining how hegemonic masculine heteronormative agendas in heritage presentations are protected, promoted, and also glorified in a democratic South Africa. In doing so this study seeks to question the notion that democratization has been unproblematically presented as “successful,” arguing that this claim can only be made if gender is not taken into account.

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Springer, 2016. 67-96 p.
Keyword [en]
South Africa, the transformation, democratization, gender, masculinities, museum, exhibition
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Cultural Studies Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240732ISBN: 978-3-319-29011-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-240732DiVA: diva2:777007
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2016-06-23

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