Contested Space

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Gwynn Jenkins

Cultural Heritage and Identity Reconstructions. Conservation Strategies within a Developing Asian City

ISBN 978-3-8258-1366-6
Band-Nr. 20
Jahr 2008
Seiten 320
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Freiburger Sozialanthropologische Studien/Freiburg Studies in Social Anthropology/


In August 2007, the month when Malaysia celebrated 50 years of
independence from colonial rule, two historic cities on the Straits of
Malacca were assessed for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
This book explores the cultural, social and physical history of one city
and its multi ethnic population, tracing its urban evolution, the cultures
of its population and the reflection of their cultures in their architecture
and urban forms. It also investigates national and international
influences – including those of heritage conservation bodies, and examines
their impact on cultural perceptions, in order to unravel the identity
reconstructions that have taken place over the nation’s first 50 years.

Trained as a 3D designer Dr Gwynn Jenkins moved to live and
work in Penang, Malaysia in 1995. After 11 years of pioneering heritage
conservation with a Penang architectural practice and gaining a PhD in
Social and Cultural Anthropology supported by the University of Hull, UK,
Gwynn continues to live, research, conserve and write from a restored
Chinese shophouse in the heart of the old city.