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Ett religiöst kulturarv? : En undersökning om hur religiöst material samlas in, hanteras och klassificeras på svenska museer

Von Rost Biedron, Nicole LU (2015) ABMM74 20151
Division of ALM
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences
Abstract
Cultural heritage plays an important part in society since it shapes our perception of both the past and the present. As such, cultural heritage is here seen as an ideology. Religion, an important part of society as well, can also be regarded as an ideology. But what happens when these ideologies come together? The aim of this Master's thesis is to expose the underlying ideologies that govern if and how religious material is collected, handled and classified in Swedish museums. It also examines the consequences this has had on the perception of the religious cultural heritage.

The empirical material consists of interviews with museum staff as well as museum documents that contain policies of what and how to collect in each museum. The... (More)
Cultural heritage plays an important part in society since it shapes our perception of both the past and the present. As such, cultural heritage is here seen as an ideology. Religion, an important part of society as well, can also be regarded as an ideology. But what happens when these ideologies come together? The aim of this Master's thesis is to expose the underlying ideologies that govern if and how religious material is collected, handled and classified in Swedish museums. It also examines the consequences this has had on the perception of the religious cultural heritage.

The empirical material consists of interviews with museum staff as well as museum documents that contain policies of what and how to collect in each museum. The method stems from Bruce Lincoln's myth theory that myth is an ideology in narrative form. According to Lincoln's theory a myth has truth claim, credibility and authority, and I argue that cultural heritage also embodies these qualities. Therefore cultural heritage is seen as myth and the theory is applicable on the material. First different categories at issue in the material are established and the relations among these categories are examined, as well as their ranking relative to one another and how these rankings are justified. Then the categories are examined in relation to each other. Theories about cultural heritage, secularization, cataloguing, and religious material are also considered to broaden the perspective of the analysis. By examining the categories found in the discourse in the material, the underlying ideologies are found.

The result of the study shows that religion is not really a part of the cultural heritage discourse, and since it is not a part of it, the perception on the religious cultural heritage becomes lacking. (Less)
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author
Von Rost Biedron, Nicole LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
A Religious Cultural Heritage? : A study about how religious material is collected, handled and classified in Swedish museums.
course
ABMM74 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Religious, Cultural heritage, Religion, Museums, Ideology, Discourse analysis, Collecting, Bruce Lincoln, Myth theory, Museology, Secularization, Secular society, Cataloguing, Collection, AML, Museologi, Kulturarv, Mytteori, Sekularisering, Diskursanalys, ABM, Katalogisering, Samlande, Museum
language
Swedish
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5435120
date added to LUP
2015-06-16 09:43:39
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2015-06-18 14:04:25
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  abstract     = {Cultural heritage plays an important part in society since it shapes our perception of both the past and the present. As such, cultural heritage is here seen as an ideology. Religion, an important part of society as well, can also be regarded as an ideology. But what happens when these ideologies come together? The aim of this Master's thesis is to expose the underlying ideologies that govern if and how religious material is collected, handled and classified in Swedish museums. It also examines the consequences this has had on the perception of the religious cultural heritage.

The empirical material consists of interviews with museum staff as well as museum documents that contain policies of what and how to collect in each museum. The method stems from Bruce Lincoln's myth theory that myth is an ideology in narrative form. According to Lincoln's theory a myth has truth claim, credibility and authority, and I argue that cultural heritage also embodies these qualities. Therefore cultural heritage is seen as myth and the theory is applicable on the material. First different categories at issue in the material are established and the relations among these categories are examined, as well as their ranking relative to one another and how these rankings are justified. Then the categories are examined in relation to each other. Theories about cultural heritage, secularization, cataloguing, and religious material are also considered to broaden the perspective of the analysis. By examining the categories found in the discourse in the material, the underlying ideologies are found.

The result of the study shows that religion is not really a part of the cultural heritage discourse, and since it is not a part of it, the perception on the religious cultural heritage becomes lacking.},
  author       = {Von Rost Biedron, Nicole},
  keyword      = {Religious,Cultural heritage,Religion,Museums,Ideology,Discourse analysis,Collecting,Bruce Lincoln,Myth theory,Museology,Secularization,Secular society,Cataloguing,Collection,AML,Museologi,Kulturarv,Mytteori,Sekularisering,Diskursanalys,ABM,Katalogisering,Samlande,Museum},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Ett religiöst kulturarv? : En undersökning om hur religiöst material samlas in, hanteras och klassificeras på svenska museer},
  year         = {2015},
}