Contested Space

Cultural Heritage and Identity Reconstructions. Conservation Strategies within a Developing Asian City

By Gwynn Jenkins

In August 2007, the month when Malaysia celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule, two historic cities on the Straits of Malacca were assessed for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This book explores the cultural, social and physical history of one city and its multi ethnic population, tracing its urban evolution, the cultures of its population and the reflection of their cultures in their architecture and urban forms. 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.

320 pages

Publication Date: 7/28/2008
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783825813666