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Title: Negotiating identities and 'sense of place' in a world heritage city : the case of George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Author: Bakri, Aidatul Fadzlin
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 7156
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2019
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World Heritage designation which focuses on buildings and monuments frequently belies the complexities of human interaction with these structures and how this interaction changes over time. This study examines the interplay between local communities and the spaces and structures of the World Heritage Site of George Town, Malaysia. In the city of George Town, inscribed on the World Heritage List in part, for its tangible multicultural heritage and in recognition of its intangible heritage, I conducted work that problematised the relationships between its local communities and the postcolonial heritages they inhabit. Using grounded theory and employing observational work and semi-structured interviews, I explored how local communities construct and negotiate their own spaces and 'sense of place' within, but often disconnected from, the larger codified framework of the city's 'official' heritage designation. Through various interpretative 'frames' I show how identities are forged more through intangible practices and traditions than through tangible heritage markers. I also determine how the multicultural communities within the World Heritage Site are caught up in power struggles at various levels, which reflect back on the ways in which they seek to claim and use their own senses of place.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: DS Asia ; G Geography (General) ; H Social Sciences (General)