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The Politics of Memory

Urban Cultural Heritage in Brazil

By Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

2 Reviews

Who decides which stories about a city are remembered? The Politics of Memory: Urban Cultural Heritage in Brazil explores how a site can turn into a mummification of the past, lifelessly displaying long-gone splendour, or a living, breathing treasure offering dynamic cultural and educational opportunities.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786611215 Release date: Nov 2019
£90.00 €126.00 $135.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786611222 Release date: Nov 2019
£29.95 €41.95 $43.99

Pages: 216

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Who decides which stories about a city are remembered? How do interpretations of the past shape a city’s present and future? Using local, national and international perspectives on the meanings and uses of heritage cities, The Politics of Memory: Urban Cultural Heritage in Brazil explores how a site can turn into a mummification of the past, lifelessly displaying long-gone splendour, or a living, breathing treasure offering dynamic cultural and educational opportunities. This book presents multiple and competing views, needs and desires amongst the different people who use a city, alongside notions of power, national identity, race and class in heritage settings. Discussing the case of UNESCO World Heritage town Ouro Preto in Brazil, Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos asks how and why democratic participation in heritage fails or succeeds, and how preserved historic cities interpret, resist, and consent to the functions and meanings that they have inherited and that they reinvent for themselves.

Acknowledgments

List of Graphs, Images, Maps and Tables

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1 - Expressing the nation through planning and architecture: Locating national memories

Chapter 2 - Fault lines in a fragmented city

Chapter 3 - Sightseeing the city

Chapter 4 - Opportunities for participation in the governance of cultural heritage

Chapter 5 - Infrastructure in Heritage Sites

Chapter 6 - Preservation or mummification in Miguel Burnier

Final considerations

Notes

Bibliography

Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos is the Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme and Departmental Lecturer at the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford. Her work focuses on urban ethnography, incorporating themes of cultural heritage, participatory city planning, and mining economies. Before arriving in Oxford, Andreza completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews; a Masters in Social Sciences at the University of Freiburg, University of KwaZulu Natal and Jawaharlal Nehru University; and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Brasilia.

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2 Reviews

This book’s sustained focus on tensions between governance/management structures and community rights/participation in the definition and use of urban space and heritage in Ouro Preto speaks to current concerns in heritage studies and urban development. The close-grained ethnographic and historically grounded studies are immensely useful in adding real-world critiques to the burgeoning heritage and urban development policy context of not only national, but also international agents, such as UNESCO.

Dr Helle Jørgensen, Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Studies, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham

By placing questions of national identity, power, and politics at the center of an investigation into urban memory, cultural heritage, and legacies of social injustice in Brazil, this book provides an important contribution to contemporary social science debates. It is innovative in its methodological approach (owing to the author’s ethnographic study of historical memory), as well as how it highlights connections between postcolonial development, the role of the state, and discourses of public participation.

Jeff Garmany, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

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