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Original article | International Journal of Educational Researchers 2012, Vol. 3(2) 31-48

Learning to be Austrian: A Meso-ethnographic Museum and National Identity Analysis

Martina Riedler

pp. 31 - 48   |  Manu. Number: ijers.2012.007

Published online: July 01, 2012  |   Number of Views: 266  |  Number of Download: 678


Historically, the question of Austrian identity has been a tricky one. The elements of national cultures displayed in museums as cultural artifacts can influence collective memory and result in a particular sense of national identity. That is, visitors make value judgments about the selection, interpretation, and representation of the past based on what they encounter in a museum. However, there is a lack of scholarly research on the role of Austrian museums in the formation and representation of national identity despite the long complex history and commonly appraised rich culture of the now small country. This void may be attributed to the rather difficult relationship that today’s Austrians have with that history, whether the multinational history of the Habsburg monarchy or the 1938-1945 occupation by and complicity with Hitler’s Third Reich. By using a meso-ethnographic research methodology, this study aims to demonstrate and deconstruct the role of the Austrian Gallery Belvedere in the social processes of citizenship and the construction and representation of Austria’s national identity.

Keywords: Austrian identity, Austrian Gallery Belvedere, collective memory, museum learning, meso- ethnographic research, national identity

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APA 6th edition
Riedler, M. (2012). Learning to be Austrian: A Meso-ethnographic Museum and National Identity Analysis. International Journal of Educational Researchers, 3(2), 31-48.

Riedler, M. (2012). Learning to be Austrian: A Meso-ethnographic Museum and National Identity Analysis. International Journal of Educational Researchers, 3(2), pp. 31-48.

Chicago 16th edition
Riedler, Martina (2012). "Learning to be Austrian: A Meso-ethnographic Museum and National Identity Analysis". International Journal of Educational Researchers 3 (2):31-48.

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