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Museums of Anthropological Survey of India

Amit Kumar Ghosh (Editor) Vinay Kumar Srivastava (Editor)

The distinction between museum as a 'place' and as an 'idea' may be useful. As a place, it is a community of material objects systematically exhibited over a physical space, covered or open-air, or both, with an objective to know about the subject to which the exhibits belong. As in a book, where its different chapters are organically integrated, in a similar way, different displays in a museum bear kinship among them. A storyline connects all of them together, which is not left to the imagination or the intuitive faculty of the viewer. Rather, it is spelt out in words, as succinctly as possible. The museum is, therefore, a blend of material objects and short and crisp written texts about them, sometimes displayed as plaques. A museum is not an antique shop, which may be a disparate collection of objects, some real, while some replicas of the original, primarily for sale. A museum might also have such a shop, where information about the collections, mementoes bearing the insignia of the museum, and objects for sale may be kept.


Zonal Anthropological Museum, Port Blair Sub Regional Centre, Bastar, Jagdalpur Zonal Anthropological Museum,Mysore Zonal Anthropological Museum, Dehradun Zonal Anthropological Museum, Udaipur Zonal Anthropological Museum, Shillong Zonal Anthropological Museum, Kolkata

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About the author

Vinay Kumar Srivastava

Vinay Kumar Srivastava teaches social anthropology at the University of Delhi. He is the author of Religious Renunciation of a Pastoral People and has edited Methodology and Fieldwork. He has carried out intensive fieldwork in western Rajasthan, and is presently working on a book on the economy of a seminomadic, pastora community.

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Bibliographic information

Title Museums of Anthropological Survey of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789382984610
length 157p., Illustrations