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The Politics of Heritage Management in Mali
From UNESCO to Djenné
Charlotte Joy (Author)
235 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Jan, 2012
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  - Critical Cultural Heritage Series

Related Interest
  - African & African Diaspora Studies
  - Archaeology
  - Heritage Management and Heritage Studies

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Djenné, in modern day Mali, is exalted as an enduring wonder of the ancient African world by archaeologists, anthropologists, state officials, architects and
" How does an urban population of poor African Muslims best confront narratives imposed from the outside about their cityscape in order to improve their lives? This case study reveals the contradictions between Eurocentric notions of preservation and survival for people whose poverty has reduced many of them to one meal a day. Joy ties together history and life in a “heritage site,” home to living populations, whose rights to self-determination have taken a back seat to the “universal value” of the buildings in which they live. "

- Angela Demovic, Current Anthropology

travel writers. In this revealing study, the author critically examines how the politics of heritage management, conservation, and authenticity play essential roles in the construction of Djenné’s past and its appropriation for contemporary purposes. Despite its great renown, the majority of local residents remain desperately poor. And while most are proud of their cultural heritage, they are often troubled by the limitations it places on their day to day living conditions. Joy argues for a more critical understanding of this paradox and urges us all to reconsider the moral and philosophical questions surrounding the ways in which we use the past in the present.

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