Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Justice and the Deindustrialising City

Sarah Baker*, Zelmarie Cantillon, Raphael Alexandre Nowak

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Over the past several decades, industrial decline has contributed to significant economic, social and cultural injustices for urban communities. In response, deindustrialising cities have seen a turn to arts, culture and heritage as strategies for economic diversification, urban revitalisation and community renewal. One such strategy has centred on the celebration of popular music, which can be an important mode of cultural expression and a source of pride for these communities. This book analyses the capacity for popular music heritage to enact cultural justice in the deindustrialising cities of Wollongong, Australia; Detroit, USA; and Birmingham, UK. The book develops a critical approach to cultural justice for examining music and the city in a heritage context and outlines how the quest for cultural justice manifests in three key ways: collection, preservation and archiving; curation, storytelling and heritage interpretation; and mobilising communities for collective action.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge Elements
Number of pages75
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Nov 2022

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