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Remaking the urban: Heritage and transformation in Nelson Mandela Bay

Naomi Roux


The book focuses on the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, using the city as a case study to read the ways in which memory is being written into South African urban space two decades after the end of apartheid. At the core of the book is the question of how history is written into public space, and how inscriptions of the past and its meanings are being challenged. This reading of public space and memory is located in a context where the promises of ‘reconciliation’ and the ‘rainbow nation’ are largely falling apart, and one in which South African cities remain in dire ne ... More

Keywords: urban heritage, Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, post-apartheid memorialisation, memorial architecture, community museums, post-apartheid museums, urban transformation, public architecture, collective memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781526140289
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526140296


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Roux, author
University of Cape Town