Contested Memoryscapes: The Politics of Second World War by Hamzah Muzaini,Brenda S.A. Yeoh PDF

By Hamzah Muzaini,Brenda S.A. Yeoh

This ebook units itself except a lot of the burgeoning literature on struggle commemoration inside human geography and the social sciences extra in most cases by means of analysing how the second one global battle (1941–45) is remembered inside Singapore, targeted for its strength to make clear the manifold politics linked to the commemoration of wars not just inside of an Asian, but additionally a multiracial and multi-religious postcolonial context. by way of adopting a ancient materialist method, it strains the family tree of battle commemoration in Singapore, from the preliminary disavowal of the conflict via the postcolonial govt when you consider that independence in 1965 to it being embraced as a part of nationwide historiography within the early Nineties obvious within the emergence considering then of assorted memoryscapes devoted to the development. additionally, via a serious research of a big variety of those memoryscapes, the ebook interrogates how stories of the battle were spatially and discursively appropriated at the present time via country (and non-state) organisations as a method of attaining a number of targets, together with (but no longer constrained to) commemoration, tourism, mourning and nation-building. and at last, the booklet examines the views of these who have interaction with or use those memoryscapes in an effort to demonstrate their contested nature as fractured via social divisions of race, gender, ideology and nationality.

The great ebook chapters should be in accordance with archival and empirical info drawn from case reviews in Singapore themed alongside assorted conceptual lenses together with ethnicity; gender; postcoloniality, tourism and postmodernity; own mourning; transnational remembrances and politics; and the maintenance of unique websites, tales and artefacts of warfare.

Collectively, they converse to and paintings in the direction of laying off insights to the single overarching query: 'How is the second one international battle honored in postcolonial Singapore and what are many of the concerns, politics and contestations that have followed those efforts to presence the struggle this day, fairly as they're spatially and materially performed out through types of memoryscapes?' The ebook additionally distinguishes itself from past works written on struggle commemoration in Singapore, normally via social and army historians, fairly via its adoption of a geographical time table that provides cognizance to problems with politics of house because it pertains to remembrance and representations of memory.

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