Date of Graduation

Fall 12-11-2020

Document Access

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


Museum Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Fraser


In times of social unrest, the public turns to civil society’s institutions to address social ills. These institutions, however, are not always equipped to respond accordingly. Antonio Gramsci’s theory of hegemony and the State addresses this issue by arguing that where civil society is strong, it must first undergo systemic change (War of Position) to allow for the overthrow of those in power (War of Maneuver). Inreach scholarship within the museum field attempts to build stronger bonds between museums and the communities they serve. Inreach scholarship from other areas, such as education studies and library science, argues for a more systematic approach to institutional change. This capstone applies Gramsci’s theory of hegemony and Frantz Fanon’s understanding of hegemony in colonial society to Inreach scholarship. Through a sociological lens, I identify two types of inreach - institutional and community – and argue for inreach as a means of creating museums as agents of social change.

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