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Transformation as Development: Southern Africa Perspectives on Capacity Building and Heritage

King, R; Arthur, C; Challis, S; (2020) Transformation as Development: Southern Africa Perspectives on Capacity Building and Heritage. In: Baillie, B and Sorensen, MLS, (eds.) African Heritage Challenges: Communities and Sustainable Development. (pp. 201-231). Palgrave Macmillan Green open access

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Abstract

As an agenda for development, ‘transformation’ invokes the long-standing and (in South Africa) constitutionally supported struggle for redistributive socioeconomic rights. This chapter brings experiences from two different sorts of heritage management programs to bear on discussions of transformation as development: the Metolong Cultural Resource Management Project associated with Lesotho’s Metolong Dam, and the Matatiele Archaeology and Rock Art program as a National Research Foundation-funded academic project, both of which included capacity building components. Tracing their paths—and the expectations for heritage that they entailed—reveals where invoking heritage as a platform for capacity building too often works against the cause of empowerment. In this chapter, we disarticulate received narratives of transformation, community engagement, and development, identifying tensions and concerns that emerge in practical examples. We highlight issues surrounding credentialing trainees, knowledge production and the creation of expert/technician divides, and recommend policies for the southern African heritage sector to address these.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Transformation as Development: Southern Africa Perspectives on Capacity Building and Heritage
ISBN-13: 978-981-15-4365-4
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-4366-1_8
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-4366-1_8
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110204
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