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Exhibiting the PastHistorical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China$
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Kirk A. Denton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836870

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836870.001.0001

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(p.265) Conclusion
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Exhibiting the Past
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Kirk A. Denton

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836870.003.0013

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. This book focused on how the past is exhibited in Chinese museums and ended with a chapter on urban planning exhibition halls or so-called “museums of the future.” Doing so might seem incongruous, but ending with a chapter on urban planning exhibition exemplifies a notion at the heart of the book: past, present, and future are intimately intertwined in exhibitionary culture in China. The ways the past is represented and the future imagined are filtered through present-day neoliberal political and economic agendas, and that past in turn reinforces the political and economic interests of the present.

Keywords:   China, Chinese museums, future museums, urban planning, exhibition halls

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