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Making Heritage in Malaysia

Sites, Histories, Identities

Editors: Gabriel, Sharmani Patricia (Ed.)

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  • Examines how the concept of heritage provides a focal point for young nation-states to claim identity
  • Argues that heritage has become increasingly politicised, and a means to privilege
  • Challenges the idea of heritage as primarily or simply an “object” or “site”, and re-theorises heritage as a cultural process that makes and remakes space, environment, landscape, place,  memory, gender and identity  
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This book offers a scholarly perspective on heritage as a discourse, concept and lived experience in Malaysia. It argues that heritage is not a received narrative but a construct in the making. Starting with alternative ways of “museumising” heritage, the book then addresses a broad range of issues involving multicultural and folklore heritage, the small town, nostalgia and the environment, and transnationalism and cosmopolitanism. In so doing it delivers an intervention in received ways of talking about and “doing” heritage in academic as well as state and public discourse in Malaysia, which are largely dominated by perspectives that do not sufficiently engage with the cultural complexities and sociopolitical implications of heritage. The book also critically explores the politics and dynamics of heritage production in Malaysia to contest “Malaysian heritage” as a stable narrative, exploring both its cogency and contingency, and builds on a deep engagement with a non-western society in the service of “provincialising” critical heritage studies, with the broader goal of contributing to Malaysian studies.​

About the authors

Sharmani Patricia Gabriel is Professor of English at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Postcolonialising Heritage and the Idea of “Malaysia”

    Pages 3-52

    Gabriel, Sharmani Patricia

  • Negotiating Museum Narratives: The Sarawak Museum, the Brooke State and the Construction of Cultural Heritage, 1886–1963

    Pages 55-85

    Morris, Jennifer R.

  • The Serdang Folk Museum and the Performance of Heritage: Community Museums as an Alternative to National Heritage

    Pages 87-117

    Janamohanan, Sunitha

  • Dual Triumphalist Heritage Narrative and the Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlement

    Pages 119-136

    Por, Heong-Hong

  • Cultural Mapping and the Making of Heritage

    Pages 139-162

    Philip, Susan

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-15-1494-4
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-15-1493-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Making Heritage in Malaysia
Book Subtitle
Sites, Histories, Identities
Editors
  • Sharmani Patricia Gabriel
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-1494-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-1494-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-1493-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 318
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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