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.

The Manipulation of Memory and Heritage in Museums of Migration

The Manipulation of Memory and Heritage in Museums of Migration
The manipulation of memory and heritage in museums of migration

Based on an analysis of the permanent exhibitions of two national museums of immigration, this chapter explores the specific exhibition techniques of space and time which structure the interplay between diasporic heritage and identity and nation-state heritage and identity, identifying the ways in which, in response to the pressures of globalization, ‘memory’ and ‘identity’ have been manipulated so as to redefine ‘heritage’ in terms of ‘process’.


Today, having a heritage is indispensable to having a distinctive identity and cultural memory; losing a heritage is like losing a key bit of both. Heritage has come to be used as ‘proof’ of past, tradition, belonging, and therefore proof also ...

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