Whose Heritage? Challenging Race and Identity in Stuart Hall’s Post-nation Britain takes its inspiration and theoretical perspective from the foundational work of scholar and public intellectual Stuart Hall (1932-2014). Hall was instrumental in raising theoretical and social questions about race, culture, identity and representation, and in cementing the field of cultural studies internationally. His 1999 presentation and essay “Whose Heritage?” called out embedded elitist conceptions of ‘The Heritage’ of Britain and instead asked for a re-imagining of what was valued about its past, its culture and its citizens. Whose Heritage? has been a touchstone for heritage scholars and practitioners in the UK and globally. But the key question in all subsequent discussions has been, ‘why has so little changed?’ The diverse multidisciplinary chapters of this book critically inspect and challenge this inaction and these politics, and dig deeply into the problems of theory, policy and practice in today’s academia, society and heritage sector that hinder the re-imagining of ‘The Heritage’ proposed by Hall twenty years ago. Whose Heritage? Challenging Race and Identity in Stuart Hall’s Post-nation Britain makes a robust contribution by offering a unique and detailed analysis of a foundational work of Stuart Hall’s scholarship on heritage and identity; it strongly reflects the neglected academic and professional voices of the UK’s black and racialised communities; and it takes a critical look at the topic of inequality in UK society which has extreme relevance within the fractured society of the UK today.
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 3 Aug 2020|