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- DescriptionUp to 2012, Mali was a poster child of African democracy, despite multiple signs of growing dissatisfaction with the democratic experiment. Then disaster struck, bringing many of the nation's unresolved contradictions to international attention. A military coup carved off the country's south. A revolt by a coalition of Tuareg and extremist Islamist forces shook the rth. The events, so violent and unexpected, forced experts to reassess Mali's democratic institutions and the neoliberal ecomic reforms enacted in conjunction with the move toward democracy. Rosa De Jorio's detailed study of cultural heritage and its transformations provides a key to understanding the impasse that confronts Malian democracy. As she shows, postcolonial Mali privileged its cultural heritage to display itself on the regional and international scene. The neoliberal reforms both intensified and altered this trend. Profiling heritage sites ranging from statues of colonial leaders to women's museums to historic Timbuktu, De Jorio portrays how various actors have deployed and contested tions of heritage. These actors include t just Malian administrators and politicians but UNESCO, and n-state NGOs. She also delves into the intricacies of heritage politics from the perspective of Malian actors and groups, as producers and receivers--but always highly informed and critically engaged--of international, national and local cultural initiatives.
- Author BiographyRosa De Jorio is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Florida.
- Author(s)Rosa de Jorio
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2016
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleInterp Culture New Millennium
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Weight408 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine20 mm
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