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Title: Resisting Institutional Power : The Women of St. Barnabas
Authors: Stylianou-Lambert, Theopisti 
Bounia, Alexandra 
Hardy, Sam Andrew 
Keywords: St. Barnabas Icon Museum;Cyprus;Orthodox Christian;Greek Cypriot
Category: Political Science
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Publisher: Routledge
Source: Visitor Studies Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2014, Pages 3-23
metadata.dc.doi: 10.1080/10645578.2014.885351
Abstract: This article examines the relation between museums exhibiting sacred objects, visitors, and politics. More specifically, it explores the reasons why a minority group of visitors might resist, or even reject, the institutional power of a museum. St. Barnabas Icon Museum, located in the northern part of Cyprus, and a minority group of its visitors-the Women of St. Barnabas-serve as our case study. The two main communities of the island (Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots) perceive the museum in dramatically different ways and use it to support their own claims. The Women of St. Barnabas, a group of Orthodox Christian, Greek Cypriot women, reject the museum and insist on using it as a religious instead of a secular space. The authors argue that apart from religious reasons, political beliefs predominantly shape this group's perceptions and uses of the museum.
ISSN: 10645578
Rights: © 2014 Copyright Visitor Studies Association.
Type: Article
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