Contested Space Revisited

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Gwynn Jenkins
2019. Areca Books.
Softcover, 23cm x 15.3 cm, 480 pages
Illustrated
ISBN: 9789675719370

RM80.00

Contested Space Revisited: George Town, Penang, before and after UNESCO World Heritage Listing

In August 2007, the month when Malaysia celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule, two historic sites were jointly assessed for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List – Melaka and George Town, ‘Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca’. This book explores the cultural, social and physical history of George Town and its multi-ethnic population, tracing its urban evolution, the cultures of its diverse communities and the reflection of their cultures in their architecture, urban forms and traditional ways of living and celebration. It also investigates national and international influences – including those of heritage conservation bodies – and examines their impact on cultural perceptions, in order to unravel the identity reconstructions that have taken place over the nation’s first 50 years.

The first part of this book documents the issues of George Town’s ‘contested space’, as World Heritage listing was sought; it ends on the day the nominated sites were visited for evaluation. The second part of this book relooks at the issues of ‘contested space’ in the decade after UNESCO listing, and the impacts of population decline, site management, urban interventions, cultural interpretations, gentrification and tourism.

Contents
List of Illustrations and Tables
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Author’s Notes

PART ONE
Contested Space: Cultural Heritage and Identity Reconstructions,
Conservation Strategies within a Developing Asian City, 2008

Preface and Introduction
Methodology, Fieldwork, and Personal Reflection
The Layout of this Book
Acknowledgements 2008

CHAPTER 1
Whose Heritage? Whose Culture? Whose Space?

CHAPTER 2
Urban History: Community, and Architectural Identity 1786–1970

CHAPTER 3
National Development: Policies and Practice 1957–2007

CHAPTER 4
Penang State: Development and Conservation 1957–1990

CHAPTER 5
Contested Space: Urban Development or World Heritage Site? 1990–2007

CHAPTER 6
Heritage, Culture and Tourism:
Cultural Identity and Consumption of the Historic Inner City

CHAPTER 7
Case Studies: Heritage Conservation Realities

CHAPTER 8
The World Heritage nomination,
at the point of UNESCO evaluation in 2007

THE VISUAL STORY

PART TWO
Contested Space Revisited, 2018

Preface to second edition, 2018
Acknowledgements

CHAPTER 9
Managing Half a World Heritage Site: 2008–2018

CHAPTER 10
Case Studies Revisited: Changing Values, Lost Significance?

CHAPTER 11
George Town World Heritage: Past, Present and Future

Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Weight 1000 g
Dimensions 23 × 15.3 × 3 cm

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