Cities are not only made of buildings and roads, they are also constructed through popular imagination and spaces of representation. "Imagining the City: Memories and Cultures in Cape Town" presents an array of oral and visual histories drawn from people who live, work and creatively express themselves in the city. This book explores the apartheid legacies of the city and demonstrates that cultural life flourished through people's resilience in spite of adversity. Authors move beyond apartheid descriptions to analyse the reflexive ways in which people are coming to terms with that history through memory work, performance and memorialisatin. Other chapters provide contemporary views of local interactions such as moments of urban violence or people negotiating the challenges of a globalised world. Whatever the context, this book traces social and cultural interactions over time and across city spaces that speak directly to the senses, memories and imagining of Cape Town.
Dr Sean Field is the Director of the Centre for Popular Memory in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. Felicity Swanson is a training co-ordinator with the Centre for Popular Memory. Renate Meyer is a researcher and archival officer with the Centre for Popular Memory.
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