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Full-Text Articles in Interpersonal and Small Group Communication

Of Us And Other "Things": The Content And Functions Of Talk By Adult Visitor Pairs In An Art And A History Museum, Lois Helayne Silverman Jan 1990

Of Us And Other "Things": The Content And Functions Of Talk By Adult Visitor Pairs In An Art And A History Museum, Lois Helayne Silverman

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Surprisingly little is known about the processes by which objects in museums come to hold meaning for visitors. Reconceptualizing the museum within a mass media framework in which visitors actively negotiate meaning through talk with their companions, this study explores four questions: 1) What are the kinds of interpretive acts that visitor pairs make in museums? 2) Are there patterns to these responses? How might they vary depending upon museum type and gender configuration of pair? 3) What are the social functions of such talk? 4)What does this suggest about the role of the museum in society?

To investigate ...