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Constructing Destruction
Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City

ISBN 9781138580374
Published April 16, 2018 by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

Large-scale disasters mobilize heritage professionals to a narrative of heritage-at-risk and a standardized set of processes to counter that risk. Trinidad Rico’s critical ethnography analyses heritage practices in the aftermath of the tsunami that swamped Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in 2004 and the post-destruction narratives that accompanied it, showing the sociocultural, historical, and political agendas these discourses raise. Countering the typical Western ideology and practice of ameliorating heritage-at-risk were local, post-colonial trajectories that permitted the community to construct its own meaning of heritage. This book documents the emergence of local heritage places, practices, and debates countering the globalized versions embraced by the heritage professions offering a critical paradigm for post-destruction planning and practice that incorporates alternative models of heritage. Constructing Deconstruction will be of value to scholars, professionals, and advanced students in Heritage Studies, Anthropology, Geography, and Disaster Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Problem with Destruction
 From destruction to construction
  Structure of this volume

1. Khas Aceh
 View from the deck of the tsunami ship
 Heritage as history or heritage as witness

2. Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City
 From Serambbi Mekkah to ‘tsunami city’
 Heritage history
 Anti-heritage history
 Disaster legacies

3. The Construction of Destruction
 Risk cartographies
 Heritage and destruction
 Risk value
 Asia ‘at risk’
 Indonesian heritage

4. An Ethnography of ‘Heritage at Risk’
 Heritage ethnography
 Ruins and ruiners
 True water
 Islamization of catastrophe
 Time and timeliness

5. Destruction Alternatives
 Reclaiming post-heritage
 Situating vernacular subjects
 Heritage alterity: theory vs. practice

Epilogue: ‘Then and Now’

Notes and References
About the Author

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Trinidad Rico is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University at Qatar, and Honorary Lecturer at UCL. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University, an MA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University, an MA in Principles of Conservation from UCL, and a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her areas of research include ethnographic heritage, critical heritage studies and risk, the construction of Islamic materiality, and cosmopolitanism and the vernacularization of discourses and expertise. Her recent work focuses on the construction and operation of vulnerability in cultural heritage discourses and methods in Indonesia, and the mobilization of Islamic values in heritage making in Indonesia and the Arabian Peninsula. She is co-editor of Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (University Press of Colorado, 2015) and Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula (Ashgate, 2014).