Cultural Heritage in Mali in the Neoliberal Era

Cultural Heritage in Mali in the Neoliberal Era

by Rosa De Jorio

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Cultural Heritage in Mali in the Neoliberal Era by Rosa De Jorio


Up to 2012, Mali was a poster child of African democracy, despite multiple signs of growing dissatisfaction with the democratic experiment. Then disaster struck, bringing many of the nation's unresolved contradictions to international attention. A military coup carved off the country's south. A revolt by a coalition of Tuareg and extremist Islamist forces shook the north. The events, so violent and unexpected, forced experts to reassess Mali's democratic institutions and the neoliberal economic reforms enacted in conjunction with the move toward democracy. Rosa De Jorio's detailed study of cultural heritage and its transformations provides a key to understanding the impasse that confronts Malian democracy. As she shows, postcolonial Mali privileged its cultural heritage to display itself on the regional and international scene. The neoliberal reforms both intensified and altered this trend. Profiling heritage sites ranging from statues of colonial leaders to women's museums to historic Timbuktu, De Jorio portrays how various actors have deployed and contested notions of heritage. These actors include not just Malian administrators and politicians but UNESCO, and non-state NGOs. She also delves into the intricacies of heritage politics from the perspective of Malian actors and groups, as producers and receivers--but always highly informed and critically engaged--of international, national and local cultural initiatives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252081729
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 06/30/2016
Series: Interp Culture New Millennium Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Rosa De Jorio is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Florida.

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