An exegesis of the curation concept
Journal of Anthropological Research
The concept of "curation" has enjoyed wide use but also has received sharp criticism in the past two decades. Ambiguity in original sources permits curation to signify variously the implications and consequences of one practice and the relationship that underlies it. As a result, curation means too many different things. A new definition involving utility extracted follows from the view that curation is a continuous, not nominal, variable and that it is a property of tools, not of entire assemblages or industries. So understood, the ambiguity and contested meanings plaguing the term may disappear.
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Shott, Michael J., "An exegesis of the curation concept" (1996). Faculty Publications. 4207.