Due to increased globalization, migration and requests for the recognition of cultural diversity, museums are now encountering new demands and their societal roles are changing.
Historically, an important role of museums has been to contribute to national homogenization. The book specifically deals with how the Swedish museum sector of culture and history addresses new demands from a society that is profoundly characterized by migration and cultural diversity. Besides the museums’ representations of migration and cultural diversity, the book also examines how changes in the museum sector relate to general policy developments in the fields of culture, integration and minorities. The book also discusses whether and how museums are open for dialogue and collaboration with migrants and ethnic minorities and the kinds of problems museums encounter in their efforts to be more inclusive.
Overview of the Research Field
Theoretical Points of Views
Limitations, Sources, and Methods
Swedish Migration History and Migration Politics
Swedish Museums’ Work with Migration and Cultural Diversity over Time
Museums’ Current Approaches to Migration and Cultural Diversity
The Museum of Work – A Modern Museum Promoting Equality
Malmö Museums – Is This Traditional Museum in Tune with the Times?