‘Public History: A Cheap Chronicle for an Imagined Public?’

MacLean, Malcolm (1996) ‘Public History: A Cheap Chronicle for an Imagined Public?’. CQU Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies. ISSN 1322-8447

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Abstract

This paper examines the way in which public history is defined and inter-relates with academic history. The attempted colloquialization of professional history by those advocating public history has coincided with the end of the welfare state. These factors are connected: the qualification inflation so central to meritocracy has resulted in a myriad of graduate degrees and no academic jobs. At the same time, various public bodies have fallen victim to the changes resulting from the hegemony of finance capital and have sought to enshrine themselves through official records – often called histories, usually chronicles. This demise of public institutions has given non-academic professional historians a space to work. To legitimate their work, they have invented a new sub-discipline: Public History.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented to 'Writing in Public' Department of Communication and Media Studies Symposium Central Queensland University October 28, 1995
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Sport and Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Malcolm Maclean
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 09:31
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 05:51
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2893

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