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Understanding the public experience of archaeology in the uk and Italy: a call for a ‘sociological movement’ in Public Archaeology

Bonacchi, C; (2014) Understanding the public experience of archaeology in the uk and Italy: a call for a ‘sociological movement’ in Public Archaeology. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies , 4 (2014) 377 - 400. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite the continuing growth of Public Archaeology as a field of studies, the composition and behaviour of the ‘public’ for archaeology are still heavily under-investigated. This paper addresses the neglected area of archaeological audiences and offers insights into the public’s experience of archaeology in the UK and Italy, focussing on museums and television and using a primarily quantitative and case study-based approach. Conclusions provide evidence and suggest aims, theory and methods for the start of a ‘sociological movement’ in Public Archaeology. Nonostante il crescente sviluppo del settore della Public Archaeology a livello internazionale, la composizione e il comportamento dei ‘pubblici’ dell’archeologia sono stati scarsamente studiati e rimangono, ad oggi, poco conosciuti. Questo articolo affronta il tema del ‘pubblico’ in archeologia nel Regno Unito e in Italia, a partire dall’analisi prevalentemente quantitativa di casi studio di comunicazione museale e televisiva. Il contributo propone obiettivi e linee di teoria e metodo per una Archeologia Pubblica di orientamento sociologico.

Type: Article
Title: Understanding the public experience of archaeology in the uk and Italy: a call for a ‘sociological movement’ in Public Archaeology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.postclassical.it/vol.4.html
Language: English
Keywords: Archeologia pubblica, Italia, UK, composizione e comportamento del pubblico, metodologie di ricerca sociale, media, apprendimento, comunicazione archeologica, Italy, UK, public archaeology, public attitudes and behaviour, social research methods, media experiences of archaeology, learning, archaeological communication
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1431007
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