Explorations in Heritage Studies
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Heritage, Gentrification and Resistance in the Neoliberal City
Edited by Feras Hammami, Daniel Jewesbury, and Chiara Valli
232 pages, 36 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-572-9 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (July 2022)
eISBN 978-1-80073-573-6 eBook Not Yet Published
“Heritage, Gentrification and Resistance in the Neoliberal City is a timely and relevant volume that presents a cohesive interdisciplinary focus on how the processes, borders, and injustices of gentrification are produced and challenged through the lens of heritage in cities of the Global North. The critical heritage perspective that this volume foregrounds asserts considerations of heritage as a key player – on equal footing as economic, political, and environmental concerns - in the fast capitalist transformations that post-industrial cities are experiencing globally today.” • Krysta Ryzewski, Wayne State University
“… this manuscript offers much needed dialogue on the topic of heritage and its role/resistance in the neoliberal city…while there are several individual works out there on the topic, I have not found a comprehensive work that addressed the various intersections needed for a critical exploration of gentrification and heritage. This one does so beautifully while directly connecting heritage to politics of identity and memory in a neoliberal city.” • Kelly M Britt, Brooklyn College,
What happens when versions of the past become silenced, suppressed, or privileged due to urban restructuring? In what ways are the interpretations and performances of ‘the past’ linked to urban gentrification, marginalization, displacement, and social responses? Authors explore a variety of attempts to interrupt and interrogate urban restructuring, and to imagine alternative forms of urban organization, produced by diverse coalitions of resisting groups and individuals. Armed with historical narratives, oral histories, objects, physical built environment, memorials, and intangible aspects of heritage that include traditions, local knowledge and experiences, memories, authors challenge the ‘devaluation’ of their neighborhoods in official heritage and development narratives.
Feras Hammami is associate professor of conservation, placed at the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg. His research concerns the politicization of cultural heritage within urban planning and development, with a specific interest in the purposeful practices of heritage.
Daniel Jewesbury is an artist and writer, and a senior lecturer in Fine Art at HDK-Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. Daniel has been researching urban development across Europe for 20 years, through both his published writing and an art practice that encompasses film, photography, and performance.
Chiara Valli is a social and economic geographer currently employed as a project researcher at the department of Urban Studies, Malmö University. Chiara’s research deals with housing, gentrification, housing financialization, socio-economic and ethnic urban segregation, displacement, social movements, and resistance, with empirical research in Sweden, Italy, and the US.