Humans on display : searching for purpose among museum exhibits featuring live humans.

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2013-05
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Swenson, Katherine Elizabeth.
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The purpose of this study is to explore why modern exhibits featuring live humans on display are so popular and what societal behavior patterns it reveals for the twenty‐first century. The research for this assessment was extremely diverse, pulling together news articles, online videos, blogs, and comments on social media sites in hopes of providing a well‐rounded analysis of the public response to these exhibits. Additionally, the study assesses how this research can be used by museums for integrating visitor needs with institutional needs. The analysis argues that modern examples of humans on display at educational institutions lack an identifiable purpose, at least to the public eye.

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Museums., Humans as exhibits., Museums -- Social aspects., Museums -- Management -- Moral and ethical aspects.
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