Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

Public Representations of Immigrants in Museums

Exhibition and Exposure in France and Germany

Authors: Porsche, Yannik

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  • Investigates how the representation of foreigners in museum exhibitions on immigrant history is seen by the audience, and what it reveals about the national self
  • Sheds light on how museum staff, visitors, academics, journalists and politicians publicly exhibit images of immigrants
  • Combines conversation analysis, discourse analysis and ethnography to analyse large amounts of exhibition data in different institutional contexts
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This book offers an interactionist perspective on theories of public representation, knowledge and immigration in museum institutions. Examining how a Franco-German museum exhibition represents immigrants and exposes public stereotypes, the analysis follows the process of the production and reception of the exhibition as it travelled from Paris to Berlin. The author proposes a microsociological contextualisation analysis integrating discourse analysis and ethnography to compare formats of museum work, social interaction in the exhibition and mass media debates. Visitor reception of the different exhibition versions reveals the symbolic nature of interactions in museums, for example concerning conflicting political voices and accusations of censorship. Depending on the institutional context, interactions in the museums are geared towards securing immigrants a place in national collective memory, towards carrying out debate on integration, or providing opportunities for personal encounters and reflection beyond national categorisation. This book will appeal to students and researchers interested in work on the intersection of sociology, cultural studies, and discursive psychology, in methods of discourse analysis and ethnography; and to practitioners working in museums.


About the authors

Yannik Porsché is a postdoctoral researcher in the Sociology department of the Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany. His research combines discourse analysis and ethnography, and focuses on social interactions in institutional work contexts. He recently published a book on police work in crime prevention - a study that was conducted at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and the Humboldt University of Berlin.

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“A great strength of the book is its interdisciplinary use of methodological tools from (multimodal) conversation analysis, ethnography and sociology … . gives the readers a full picture of how museum exhibitions are staged and perceived. … Public Representations of Immigrants in Museums is an original book that brings museum studies and how knowledge is constructed in them, to the heart of discourse and interaction studies, paving the way for more epistemological and methodological synergies of the kind.” (Argyro Kantara, Discourse & Society, Vol. 30 (5), September, 2019)


“What do people do in museums? Surrounded by exhibits, speaking to tour-guides or reading a catalogue and press reviews, they engage in meaning-making practices. This study of a French-German exhibition makes a powerful case for combining interaction analysis and ethnography in order to carry out empirically and theoretically insightful research on public discourse – a must-read for students and researchers interested in qualitative approaches to Discourse Studies.”(Professor Johannes Angermuller, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK)

“Through three museums presenting the same-but-very-different exhibition on immigration, Yannik Porsché guides us on a fascinating journey from Paris to Berlin. The museum institutions not only produce representations of immigrants, but also tell us a great deal about those who do the representing. This study shows how, as epistemic spaces, museums orchestrate and discipline discourse about their objects. Moreover, it reveals how, as interactional spaces, they – sometimes unwillingly – enable other voices and bodies to speak through and in them. An important book!” (Professor Lorenza Mondada, Chair of general linguistics and French linguistics, University of Basel, Switzerland)

“In this highly original comparative study, Yannik Porsché opens a mysterious black box: that of the institutional epistemics of how museums construct knowledge. The study is a much needed corrective to our understanding of museums as a neutral storage space for collective memories—and a fantastic extension of the notion of epistemic cultures to the productive space at the intersection of the museum, the media and science.” (Professor Karin Knorr Cetina, Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Staging Public Representations in the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, the Deutsches Historisches Museum, and the Friedrichshain–Kreuzberg Museum

    Pages 1-11

    Porsché, Yannik

  • Museums, the Public, and Immigration

    Pages 13-79

    Porsché, Yannik

  • Microsociological Contextualisation Analysis

    Pages 81-145

    Porsché, Yannik

  • Epistemic Production Behind the Museum Scenes in France and Germany

    Pages 147-221

    Porsché, Yannik

  • Public Interactions on the Museum Stages

    Pages 223-319

    Porsché, Yannik

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Public Representations of Immigrants in Museums
Book Subtitle
Exhibition and Exposure in France and Germany
Authors
Series Title
Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66357-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66357-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66356-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88223-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 401
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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