Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Release date: 2019-11-14

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In this book, Duane Jethro creates a framework for understanding the role of the senses in processes of heritage formation. He shows how the senses were important for crafting and successfully deploying new, nation-building heritage projects in South Africa during the postapartheid period. The book also highlights how heritage dynamics are entangled in evocative, changing sensory worlds.Jethro uses five case studies that correlate with the five main Western senses. Examples include touch and the ruination of a series of art memorials; how vision was mobilised to assert the authority of the state-sponsored Freedom Park project in Pretoria; how smell memories of apartheid-era social life in Cape Town informed contemporary struggles for belonging after forced removal; how taste informed debates about the attempted rebranding of Heritage Day as barbecue day; and how the sound of the vuvuzela, popularized during the FIFA 2010 Football World Cup, helped legitimize its unofficial African and South African heritage status.This book makes a valuable contribution to the field of sensory studies and, with its focus on aesthetics and material culture, is in sync with the broader material turn in the humanities.

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Genre: Museology & heritage studies

Collection: Bloomsbury Academic

Type: EPub

Pages: 208

ISBN: 9781350059795

Additional Information

Genre: Museology & heritage studies

Collection: Bloomsbury Academic

Type: EPub

Pages: 208

ISBN: 9781350059795

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