Drawing upon international case studies, and building upon Iain J.M. Robertson's work on 'heritage from below', After Heritage sheds critical light on heritage-making and heritagescapes that are, more frequently than not, located in virtual, less conspicuous and more everyday spaces.
The book considers the highly personal, often ephemeral, individual – vis-à-vis collective – experiences of (in)formal ways the past has been folded into contemporary societies. In doing so, it unravels the merits of examining more intimate materializations of heritage not only as a check against, but also complementary to, what Laurajanne Smith refers to as 'Authorized Heritage Discourses'. It also argues against the tendency to romanticize the fleeting and largely obscured means through which alternative forms of heritage-making are produced, performed and patronized. Ultimately, this book provides a clarion call to reinsert the individual and the transient into collective heritage processes.
Researchers in human and cultural geography, heritage studies and tourism studies will find this strong contribution to the developing field of Critical Heritage Studies an insightful read. Policy makers and heritage practitioners will also develop a deeper understanding of how heritage practices may benefit from the 'heritage from below' approach.
'After Heritage not only offers much needed critical analysis of the heritage-making power and practices of ordinary people, but also productively de-stabilizes the binaries that have long constrained critical memory studies – individual versus collective, intangible versus material, and bottom up versus top down. Its rich array of case studies move us beyond monolithic understandings of how the past is produced, resisted and emplaced within everyday life.'
– Derek H. Alderman, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, US
'By excavating politics and identities from below, the nine chapters of this book fascinatingly bring back into focus the everyday, mundane and the local; themes and contexts that continue to be too often overlooked by scholars in heritage studies. Moving away from accounts of state politics and world heritage sites, the book identifies why we need to critically examine family memorabilia, Bruce Lee and motorbiking as forms of heritage. After Heritage makes a significant contribution to the debate concerning where critical heritage studies should head in the future through its various nudges for conceptual innovation and its welcome incorporation of examples from different regions.'
– Tim Winter, University of Western Australia
Contributors: A. Aceska, R. Carter-White, M.R. Cook, D. Drozdzewski, J. Gillen, C. Minca, H. Muzaini, M. Ormond, A.E. Potter, I.J.M. Robertson, J.A. Tyner.
Edited by Hamzah Muzaini, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore and Claudio Minca, Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University, Australia.