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Heritage, Culture, and Politics in the Postcolony$
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Daniel Herwitz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160186

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160186.001.0001

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Monument, Ruin, and Redress in South African Heritage

Monument, Ruin, and Redress in South African Heritage

(p.80) Chapter Four Monument, Ruin, and Redress in South African Heritage
Heritage, Culture, and Politics in the Postcolony

Daniel Herwitz

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses one of South Africa's national narratives, its democratic transition in the 1990s, in relation to the notion of demonumentalizing—the act of providing a sense of national consciousness through monuments, museums, churches, and universities. The narrative is about South Africa's sense of becoming a postcolonial nation, where the monumental forms of past powers (colonial and apartheid) morphed into templates of equality, and where morals were understood in terms of an ongoing memory of past injustice. In addition, the narrative chronicles how South Africa's transition had led to the construction of monuments (demonumentalizing) as well as museums, churches, and universities, which served as a living symbol of the past.

Keywords:   national narratives, demonumentalizing, monuments, postcolonial nation, democratic transition

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