Places of Pain and Shame is a cross-cultural study of sites that
represent painful and/or shameful episodes in a national or local
community's history, and the ways that government agencies,
heritage professionals and the communities themselves seek to
remember, commemorate and conserve these cases -- or, conversely,
choose to forget them. Such episodes and locations include:
massacre and genocide sites, places related to prisoners of war,
civil and political prisons, and places of 'benevolent' internment
such as leper colonies and lunatic asylums. These sites bring shame
upon us now for the cruelty and futility of the events that
occurred within them and the ideologies they represented. They are
however increasingly being regarded as 'heritage sites', a far cry
from the view of heritage that prevailed a generation ago when we
were almost entirely concerned with protecting the great and
beautiful creations of the past, reflections of the creative genius
of humanity rather than the reverse -- the destructive and cruel
side of history. Why has this shift occurred, and what implications
does it have for professionals practicing in the heritage field?In
what ways is this a 'difficult' heritage to deal with? This volume
brings together academics and practitioners to explore these
questions, covering not only some of the practical matters, but
also the theoretical and conceptual issues, and uses case studies
of historic places, museums and memorials from around the globe,
including the United States, Northern Ireland, Poland, South
Africa, China, Japan, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Timor and
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