Un-placed heritage: Making identity through fashion

Kraamer, Malika and Barnes, Amy Jane (2018). Un-placed heritage: Making identity through fashion. In: Watson, Sheila; Barnes, Amy Jane and Bunning, Katy eds. A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 598–618.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315668505-46


This chapter begins with an exploration of theoretical perspectives on concepts of heritage and place, and on fashion and dress, and their connections with multiple migration and transnationalism. It explores the active making of heritage in the process of migration with a particular focus on Leicester from the late 1960s to the 1980s; a time before Internet and cheap flights, before the increased conflation of time and space that these developments have facilitated. The chapter looks at ways of shaping and experiencing heritage, in particular in relation to material cultures of fashion, dress and textiles. It explores two case studies based on themes around which we structured the exhibition, and which exemplify the issues surrounding transnationalism and globalisation. The first of these is the 'Japanese sari' and the second is 'Building a Collection'. The chapter shows the problematic notion of place and homeland in heritage debates even when global or transnational heritage is discussed.

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