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‘Enchanting Town of Mud: Djenné, a World Heritage Site in Mali’

Joy, Charlotte. 2009. ‘Enchanting Town of Mud: Djenné, a World Heritage Site in Mali’. In: Ferdinand De Jong and M Rowlands, eds. Reclaiming Heritage: Alternative Imaginaries of Memory in West Africa. London: UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications: Left Coast Press, pp. 145-160. ISBN 978-1598743081 [Book Section]

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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, 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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Book Section

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

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2009Published

Item ID:

11775

Date Deposited:

22 Jun 2015 12:48

Last Modified:

11 Jul 2017 10:15

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11775

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