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Reclaiming Heritage
Reclaiming Heritage
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Reclaiming Heritage

Alternative Imaginaries of Memory in West Africa
Ferdinand de Jong, Michael Rowlands
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Reclaiming Heritage

Alternative Imaginaries of Memory in West Africa
Ferdinand de Jong, Michael Rowlands
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Struggles over the meaning of the past are common in postcolonial states. State cultural heritage programs build monuments to reinforce in nation building efforts—often supported by international organizations and tourist dollars. These efforts often ignore the other, often more troubling memories preserved by local communities—markers of colonial oppression, cultural genocide, and ethnic identity. Yet, as the contributors to this volume note, questions of memory, heritage, identity and conservation are interwoven at the local, ethnic, national and global level and cannot be easily disentangled. In a fascinating series of cases from West Africa, anthropologists, archaeologists and art historians show how memory and heritage play out in a variety of postcolonial contexts. Settings range from televised ritual performances in Mali to monument conservation in Djenne and slavery memorials in Ghana.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2016
ISBN
9781315421117
Topic
Social Sciences
Subtopic
Archaeology
Edition
1

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