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Postcolonial heritage in the Caribbean

Abstract : Until the end of the 20th century, heritage was mainly defined in the Caribbean, as in the entire world, by an european conception (linked with the formation of national identities), founded on the value of tangible heritage (rare, ancient objects, monuments and materials) as an historic proof of the value of cultures and peoples. Poets in the Caribbean hardly criticize this evidence that contributed to inferiorized people. Memory and imagination played a central role in the building of a Caribbean cultural identity. Poets tried to show how the common could rise from different patterns, diversity instead of unity, creation instead of fixity. Nevertheless, In the 21st century, frameworks are not available to deal with Caribbean heritage in its diversity (monuments, material, natural and intangible...) and complexity whereas it constitute a challenge for a sustainable society and can play a fundamental role in education as in tourism.
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Anne Pajard. Postcolonial heritage in the Caribbean. Caribbean Studies Association annual conference, Jun 2016, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ⟨hal-01612909⟩



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