342pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009.
First published in the USA in 2006 under the title Transforming Museums, mounting Queen Victoria in a democratic South Africa.
Examines how South African museums present the nation's past and how they can serve as a lens for examining changes in South African society.
"... a state of the art study of how museums and monuments have engaged in the work of social and political transformation in South Africa ... and indispensable guide to the politics of culture and identity in the South African public sphere, and a must for anyone interested in museums outside of Europe and America. There is nothing else like it." Ivan Karp, National Endowment for the Humanities Professor, Director of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship, Emory University
"By looking through the prism of South African cultural policy at a moment of uncertainty and transformation, Dubin is able to reveal the tensions that often pass unnoticed in more stable moments. This is an engaging, witty, and provocative demonstration of how museums matter in shaping social life. It is a must read for anyone interested in cultural policy, in southern Africa, and in the linkage of art and history." Gary Alan Fine, John Evans Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University
Steven Dubin is Professor of Arts Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.