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Mot en museologisk värdeteori: Varför vi ger och varför vi samlar
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The foundation for a museum is the collection. To collect, preserve and display is what constitutes a museum. But the process of deciding which object´s should be saved, and which objects should not, are based on values. It is also values that make people inclined to donate objects to museums. How and why we value a museum determine if and why we donate.

Objects themselves could be said to have a biography just like people. Depending on the objects biography and the context, the value of the object differs.

My aim is to try and give an explanation to how we value the material heritage we collect, and to explain why people want to donate to museums; despite the fact they don’t get paid.

I will also try and explain how value theory is used in economics and in philosophy, and how those value theories might differ from a museological theory of value.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 36 p.
Meddelanden från Institutionen för ABM vid Uppsala universitet, 77
Keyword [en]
Value, Museum, Artifact, Gift, Cultural heritage, Material culture
Keyword [sv]
Värde, museum, artefakt, gåva, kulturarv, materiell kultur
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152633Local ID: 77OAI: diva2:413754
Subject / course
Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-05-24 Created: 2011-04-29 Last updated: 2016-07-14Bibliographically approved

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