Boundary objects of communism : assembling the Soviet past in museums and public spaces

Rindzeviciute, Egle (2020) Boundary objects of communism : assembling the Soviet past in museums and public spaces. In: Iordachi, Constantin and Apor, Peter, (eds.) Occupation and communism in Eastern European museums : re-visualizing the recent past. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350103726 (In Press)

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In this article I argue that the organization theory perspective of boundary objects can usefully enrich the studies of the presentations of the communist past in the museum. I draw on Susan Lei Star’s and James R. Griesemer’s concept of boundary object to show how different objects and material structures are attributed to the communist era, assembled as cultural heritage and translated between different fields of professional expertise and institutional politics. Focusing on three cases of museums in Lithuania, I show that the museum expositions about the communist past should not be understood as a result of a linear, top-down dissemination of the official views endorsed by the governing elites. In contrast, I propose that these museums are better understood as sites that host many different social processes, where different groups compete over the management of boundaries of the relics of the communist past.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Area: History
Politics and international studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences
Kingston Business School
Depositing User: Egle Rindzeviciute
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 12:56
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 12:56

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