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Whose Heritage?
Challenging Race and Identity in Stuart Hall’s Post-nation Britain

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ISBN 9780367552732
February 16, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited collection challenges and re-imagines what is ‘heritage’ in Britain as a globalised, vernacular, cosmopolitan ‘post-nation’. It takes its inspiration from the foundational work of public intellectual Stuart Hall (1932-2014).

Hall was instrumental in calling out embedded elitist conceptions of ‘The Heritage’ of Britain. The book’s authors challenge us to reconsider what is valued about Britain’s past, its culture and its citizens. Populist discourses around the world, including Brexit and ‘culture war’ declarations in the UK, demonstrate how heritage and ideas of the past are mobilised in racist politics. The multidisciplinary chapters of this book offer critical inspections of these politics, and dig deeply into the problems of theory, policy and practice in today’s academia, society and heritage sector. The volume challenges the lack of action since Hall rebuked ‘The Heritage’ twenty years ago. The authors featured here are predominantly Black Britons, academics and practitioners engaged in culture and heritage, spurred by the killing of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement to contest racist practices and structures that support them.

The primary audience will be academics, but it will also attract culture sector practitioners and heritage institutions. However, the book is particularly aimed at scholars and community members who identify as Black, who are centrally concerned with questions of identity and race in British society. Its Open Access status will facilitate access to the book by all groups in society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Stuart Hall and the Imagining of Heritage; Part I STUART HALL’S ESSAY – CONTEXT AND IMPACT; 1. Whose Heritage? Un-settling ‘The Heritage’ re-imagining the post-nation; 2.‘The way in which we learn to sing’: The heritage of ideas behind ‘Whose Heritage?’; 3. Race equality in the cultural heritage sector: Perceptions of progress over the last twenty years and actions for the next decade; Part II CHALLENGING ‘WHOSE HERITAGE?’ AS HISTORICAL PRODUCTION; 4. Mothers milk or regurgitated fish?: Resisting nostalgia and embracing dissension in British heritage; 5. Beyond our system of objects: Heritage collecting, hoarding and ephemeral objects; 6. Historical methods implicated in the making of ‘The Heritage’; 7. Whose Heritage? Deconstructing and reconstructing counter narratives in heritage; Part III CHALLENGING ‘WHOSE HERITAGE’ THROUGH ARTS & SELF-REFLECTION; 8. In the shadow of Stuart Hall; 9. The Black British presence on television in Barrie Keeffe’s Play for Today (BBC1) dramas and beyond; 10. Narrative cannibals: who speaks for whom? Heritage, documentary practice and the strategies of power; 11. Searching for new perspectives on heritage: The Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans; Part IV FINAL PROVOCATIONS; 12. Brand new, second hand: production, preservation and ‘new’ diasporic forms; 13. Crisis of authority: Rebuilding the heritage narrative in Stuart Hall’s post-nation state; 14. The power to represent

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Dr Susan Ashley is Associate Professor in Creative and Cultural Industries at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne UK. Her research studies what, how and why heritage knowledge is created, shaped, communicated and consumed in the public sphere. The collaborations that supported Dr Ashley’s AHRC research "(Multi)Cultural Heritage", stimulated the development of this book.

Degna Stone, an award-winning poet living in north east England, is currently undertaking a PhD in Cultural Studies at Northumbria University examining visibility and expression in African, Asian and Caribbean diaspora arts and heritage in the north of England. Their poetry pulls towards the dark seam of life, raising questions about social injustice and complacency.