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Challenges of heritage development projects in macau and penang: Preservation and anti-preservation
Source PublicationDynamics of Community Formation: Developing Identity and Notions of Home
Author of SourceRobert W. Compton, Jr.Ho Hon LeungYaser Robles
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, New York

This chapter critiques what easily happens when heritage preservation is considered primarily for the purpose of tourist development rather than the needs and values of local residents. The analytic proposed, in two Asian case studies (Macau SAR, China; and Penang, Malaysia) is that houses so often the key focal point of both preservation projects and heritage narratives’all too often end up cleaned up and emptied out in what amounts to an inappropriately universal modernist emphasis on an objectified material design aesthetic that minimizes lived experiences and identities. Despite good intentions, such projects easily distance heritage away from local uses toward a more general and standardized type of globalized commercialization/commodification of history and culture despite recently widespread efforts to preserve more “intangible” aspects of heritage.

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AffiliationDepartment of Sociology Faculty of Social Sciences University of Macau,Macau SAR,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
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Zabielskis,Peter. Challenges of heritage development projects in macau and penang: Preservation and anti-preservation:Palgrave Macmillan, New York,2017:135-158.
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