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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
Exhibiting the Past

Kirk A. Denton

University of Hawai'i Press

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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