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Critical Perspectives on Cultural Memory and Heritage

Construction, Transformation and Destruction

Critical Perspectives on Cultural Memory and Heritage focuses on the importance of memory and heritage for individual and group identity, and for their sense of belonging. It aims to expose the motives and discourses related to the destruction of memory and heritage during times of war, terror, sectarian conflict and through capitalist policies. It is within these affected spheres of cultural heritage where groups and communities ascribe values, develop memories, and shape their collective identity. It is an essential read for researchers in Museum and Heritage Studies, Archaeology and History who seek a global, comprehensive study of cultural memory and heritage.

336 pages | 29 color plates | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4

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Table of Contents

Introduction: why cultural memory and heritage?  Veysel Apaydin Part I: Conceptualizing Cultural Memory and Heritage 1.     The interlinkage of cultural memory, heritage and discourses of construction, transformation and destruction             Veysel Apaydin Part II: Urban Heritage, Development, Transformation and Destruction 2.     Mega-structural violence: considering African literary perspectives on infrastructure, modernity and destruction Rachel King 3.     Competing for the past: the London 2012 Olympic Games, archaeology, and the ‘wasteland’ Jonathan Gardner 4.     Covert erasure and agents of change in the heritage city Colin Sterling 5.     Heritage, memory and social justice: reclaiming space and identity Veysel Apaydin 6.     Amnesia by design: building and rebuilding in a Mediterranean small island state Reuben Grima 7.     Vanishing heritage, materialising memory: construction, destruction and social action in contemporary Madrid Jaime Almansa-Sánchez & Nekbet Corpas-Cívicos Part III: Indigenous Heritage and Destruction 8.     Considering the denigration and destruction of Indigenous heritage as violence George Nicholas and Claire Smith 9.     Indigenous Latino heritage: destruction, invisibility, appropriation, revival, survivance. Images from Central America. Paul Edward Montgomery Ramírez 10. Rescuing’ the ground from under their feet? Contract archaeology and human rights violations in the Brazilian Amazon Bruna Cigaran da Rocha 11. Order and disorder: Indigenous Australian cultural heritages and the case of settler-colonial ambivalence Amanda Kearney Part IV: Conflicts, Violence, War and Destruction 12. Cultural memory as a mechanism for community cohesion: the case study of Dayr Mar Elian esh-Sharqi, Qaryatayn, Syria Emma Loosley Leeming 13. Bosnia and the destruction of identity Helen Walasek 14. ’Bombing Pompeii!!! Why not the Pyramids?’ Myths and memories of the Allied bombing of Pompeii. Nigel D. Pollard Part V: Heritage, Identity and Destruction 15. Reclaiming the past as a matter of social justice: African American heritage, representation and identity in the United States Erin Linn-Tynen 16. Alternating cycles of the politics of forgetting and remembering the past in Taiwan Nicolas Zorzin 17. A glimpse into the crystal ball: how do we select the memory of the future? Monique van den Dries & Jose Schreurs Part VI: Epilogue 18. ’Cultural heritage is concerned with the future’. A critical epilogue. Cornelius Holtorf Index        

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