African Histories and Modernities

Public History and Culture in South Africa

Memorialisation and Liberation Heritage Sites in Johannesburg and the Township Space

Authors: Hlongwane, Ali Khangela, Ndlovu, Sifiso Mxolisi

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  • Examines the memorialisation of South Africa’s liberation struggle in the context of a complex political landscape
  • Brings together the authors’ experiences as former activists against apartheid and their expertise in public history, historiography, and heritage studies
  • Appeals to scholars and students of South African history, memory studies, public history, heritage studies, political history, and cultural history
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The post-apartheid era in South Africa has, in the space of nearly two decades, experienced a massive memory boom, manifest in a plethora of new memorials and museums and in the renaming of streets, buildings, cities and more across the country. This memorialisation is intricately linked to questions of power, liberation and public history in the making and remaking of the South African nation. Ali Khangela Hlongwane and Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu analyse an array of these liberation heritage sites, including the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, the June 16, 1976 Interpretation Centre, the Apartheid Museum and the Mandela House Museum, foregrounding the work of migrant workers, architects, visual artists and activists in the practice of memorialisation. As they argue, memorialisation has been integral to the process of state and nation formation from the pre-colonial era through the present day.

About the authors

Ali Khangela Hlongwane is an honorary professor at the University of South Africa and a researcher at the University of Witwatersrand History Workshop. He has published chapters in the multi-volume The Road to Democracy in South Africa.
Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu is Professor of History at the University of South Africa and the author of The Soweto Uprisings: Counter-memories of June 1976 (1998) and African Perspectives of King Dingane kaSenzangakhona: The Second Monarch of the Zulu Kingdom (Palgrave, 2017). 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Hlongwane, Ali Khangela (et al.)

    Pages 1-42

  • Workers’ History in the Post-Apartheid Memory/Heritage Complex: Public Art and the Workers’ Museum in Johannesburg

    Hlongwane, Ali Khangela (et al.)

    Pages 43-75

  • Remembering Sharpeville Day and Fashioning Contested National Narratives: The Sharpeville Memorial Precinct and the Langa Memorial

    Hlongwane, Ali Khangela (et al.)

    Pages 77-119

  • The Historical and Cultural Significance of the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum as a Liberation Heritage Site

    Hlongwane, Ali Khangela (et al.)

    Pages 121-154

  • Weaving Stories, Memories, Public History, Visual Art and Place: The 16 June 1976 Interpretation Centre, Central Western Jabavu, Soweto

    Hlongwane, Ali Khangela (et al.)

    Pages 155-196

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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Public History and Culture in South Africa
Book Subtitle
Memorialisation and Liberation Heritage Sites in Johannesburg and the Township Space
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-14749-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-14749-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-14748-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 282
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
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