Abstract

Abstract:

While Qatari museums strive to provide a platform for the nation's "voice," this article argues that museum merchandise occupies a new, elevated role in Qatar's contemporary neoliberal environment—as an extension of the country's global outreach and nation-branding. Since state-sanctioned museum merchandise is necessarily expressive of state policies, this article contends that Qatar's museum gift shops are reformulating the signifiers of Qatari national identity through contemporary commodities and redrawing the parameters of national belonging.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 555-572
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-10
Open Access
No
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