Reconstructing South African identity after 1994: Museums and public history

Flynn, M. K. and King, T. (2008) Reconstructing South African identity after 1994: Museums and public history. In: Levin, T., ed. (2008) Violence. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, pp. 123-149. ISBN 9789042024038 Available from:

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Looking at South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s influence on symbolic reparation for the abuses of apartheid, Kate Flynn and Tony King found that, despite good will, nuseum directors flounder on the task of promoting “a cross-racial and –cultural civic identity [to replace] the predemocratic premise of ... legally unequal ethnic communities.” Research conducted throughout the nation revealed that although the inclusive “reconciliation” ideal governs rhetoric among museum boards, institutions “have been [un]able to capitalize on this sentiment.” Why? Visitors are mainly students and tourists, a demographic that asks: can museum narratives “enhance civic cohesion and cross-racial or –cultural understanding”? Or does this historical gerrymandering bode ill for an otherwi

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:South Africa, heritage, museums, apartheid
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:11227
Deposited By: Dr K. Flynn
Deposited On:25 Oct 2010 08:10
Last Modified:02 Dec 2016 13:17

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