Aims of the Group
The aims of the study group are:
1. to focus on the institution of the museum (past and present) as a significant site for sociological theorizing and empirical research. "Museum" in this context includes art galleries.
2. to develop an understanding of the diversity of museum forms and related cultural practices (e.g. popular collecting and heritage).
3. to explore the relationships between museums and other institutions, social relations and processes (families, schools, nation-states, ethnicity, gender, social change etc).