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Spacing Times, Telling Times and Narrating the Past

Crang, M.

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This paper takes one institution, the museum, and suggests how this institution organizes understandings of time. Museums are seen as actively organizing practices that sustain certain views of the world. The paper takes a single case study to illustrate how such practices may be currently organized. It suggests that while analysis of cultural grammar may be illuminating, a narratological perspective is required in order to analyse practices in modern museums. Thus it is suggested that studies of narrativity may shed some light on contemporary understandings of temporality.


Crang, M. (1994). Spacing Times, Telling Times and Narrating the Past. Time & Society, 3(1), 29-45.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 1994
Deposit Date Jan 27, 2009
Publicly Available Date Jan 27, 2009
Journal Time & Society
Print ISSN 0961-463X
Electronic ISSN 1461-7463
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 29-45
Keywords Museums, Narrative, Ricoeur.


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