Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.
Multiple Heritages, Multiple Identities: The Southwest Indian Ocean
The southwest Indian Ocean is a complex space of multiple heritages and shifting identities. This chapter focuses on the people of three island nations: Mauritius, Zanzibar and Madagascar. It is argued that in these nation-states heritage, memory and identity are categories of practice. However, the deployment of heritage for the purposes of tourism, nation-building and ethnic memorialization is turning heritage into a category of analysis. Moreover, the formalizing of heritage risks homogenizing identity and recasting heritage and memory as uncomplicated reflections on the past. The current phase of globalization is complicating the process of abstraction: identity and memory are becoming more deterritorialized, ordinary people are actively engaged in the casting ...