The Ethno-Cultural Museum in Contemporary Society

A Collective Memory of the Nation State, Modernity, and Local Knowledge


  • Dr. Narupon Duangwises Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre


Ethno-Cultural Museum, Collective Memory, Nation State, Modernity, Local Knowledge


This article reviews the knowledge and understanding of the creation of the ethno-cultural museum under western colonialism up to the early 21st century reform of human learning, in which participation of different groups of people is very important. It pointed out that the stories depicted and exhibited in museums are not merely the customs and wisdom of local people and ethnic groups, or it is the story of the nation-state that modernizes and civilizes ethnic groups. But it is a shared and collective memory of people of different cultures towards the creation of a nation state, process of modernization and construction of local cultural identities. This memory is the negotiated retaliation and cognitive struggle that moves through time and is unable to separate the modern nation state from the ethno-locality.


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How to Cite

Duangwises, Dr. Narupon. 2021. “The Ethno-Cultural Museum in Contemporary Society: A Collective Memory of the Nation State, Modernity, and Local Knowledge”. Journal of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University 33 (1):10-41.