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- DescriptionHeritage work has had a uniquely wide currency in Africa's politics. Secure within the pages of books, encoded in legal statutes, encased in glass display cases and enacted in the paply of court ritual, the artefacts produced by the heritage domain have become a resource for government administration, a library for traditionalists and a marketable source of value for cultural entrepreneurs. The Politics of Heritage in Africa draws together disparate fields of study - history, archaeology, linguistics, the performing arts and cinema - to show how the lifeways of the past were made into capital, a store of authentic kwledge that political and cultural entrepreneurs could draw from. This book shows African heritage to be a mode of political organisation, a means by which the relics of the past are shored up, reconstructed and revalued as commodities, as tradition, as morality or as patrimony.
- Author BiographyDerek Peterson is Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has edited several books, including Recasting the Past: History Writing and Political Work in Modern Africa (2009), and has authored Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival (2012). Kodzo Gavua is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. He has edited A Handbook of Eweland: The Northern Ewes in Ghana (2000) and is co-editor of Intercultural Perspectives on Ghana (2005). Ciraj Rassool is Professor of History and director of the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape. He co-authored and co-edited several books, including Recalling Community in Cape Town: Creating and Curating the District Six Museum (2001) and Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations (2006).
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication02/03/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleThe International African Library
- Series Part/Volume Number48
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note18 b/w illus. 3 maps
- Weight570 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byCiraj Rassool,Derek R. Peterson,Kodzo Gavua
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