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Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: Crisis or Renaissance? By Kenji Yoshida & John Mack (eds.). Unisa Press / James Currey, Pretoria and Suffolk, 2008, 219 pp + x. ISBN 978-1-84701-206-7. £ 45.00.

Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: Crisis or Renaissance? By Kenji Yoshida & John Mack... Book Review This very elegantly produced and presented edited collection examines the idea of `museums' and `heritage', in the light of current issues and tensions in African cultural heritage. The book is a collection of fifteen papers, organised around four themes (memory and history, preserving heritage, creating heritage and representing heritage), and derives from a four year project, supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, entitled `Preserving the Cultural Heritage in Africa: Link of Memories to Histories'. Authors come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, and are based in either museums or universities (with the exception of Aikawa-Faure from UNESCO). Six of the authors are African, six Japanese, two British and one American. The first section of the book, comprised of two papers (John Mack and Rumi Umino), sets the conceptual framework for the rest of the volume. Mack argues that museums are theatres of memory. Drawing on ideas of memory, landscape and sense of place, and supporting James Clifford's idea of museums as `contact zones', wherein museums are encouraged to become arenas in which cross-cultural debate and dialogue can be fostered, Mack develops the idea that museums and their collections can work as mnemonics http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: Crisis or Renaissance? By Kenji Yoshida & John Mack (eds.). Unisa Press / James Currey, Pretoria and Suffolk, 2008, 219 pp + x. ISBN 978-1-84701-206-7. £ 45.00.

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 8 (1): 139 – Oct 25, 2010

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Brill
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© Copyright 2010 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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10.3213/1612-1651-10148
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Abstract

Book Review This very elegantly produced and presented edited collection examines the idea of `museums' and `heritage', in the light of current issues and tensions in African cultural heritage. The book is a collection of fifteen papers, organised around four themes (memory and history, preserving heritage, creating heritage and representing heritage), and derives from a four year project, supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, entitled `Preserving the Cultural Heritage in Africa: Link of Memories to Histories'. Authors come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, and are based in either museums or universities (with the exception of Aikawa-Faure from UNESCO). Six of the authors are African, six Japanese, two British and one American. The first section of the book, comprised of two papers (John Mack and Rumi Umino), sets the conceptual framework for the rest of the volume. Mack argues that museums are theatres of memory. Drawing on ideas of memory, landscape and sense of place, and supporting James Clifford's idea of museums as `contact zones', wherein museums are encouraged to become arenas in which cross-cultural debate and dialogue can be fostered, Mack develops the idea that museums and their collections can work as mnemonics

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2010

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