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    Remembering and Belonging: Jewish Heritage and Civic Agency in Poland’s Haunted Urban Spaces

    Cervinkova, Hana and Golden, Juliet D. (2020) Remembering and Belonging: Jewish Heritage and Civic Agency in Poland’s Haunted Urban Spaces. Urbanities - Journal of Urban Ethnography, 10 (3). ISSN 2239-5725

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    In the context of Poland’s recent illiberal turn, large cities have been important stages where the fault lines of the national imaginary that run through Polish society have become apparent. In this article, based on ethnographic research in the Polish city of Wroclaw, we focus on individual cultural agents who have engaged with the marginalised Jewish heritage of the city in constructing diverse imaginaries of urban belonging. Their work, carried out against the backdrop of exclusionary nationalist agenda of the Polish state, illuminates the power of human agency to harness cultural heritage as a social and political resource for the present. We show how through their urban-based practices, these cultural agents challenge the Polish hegemonic heritage discourses that exclude the Other from the national imaginary.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright: Open Access pathways permitted by this journal's policy are listed below by article version. Click on a pathway for a more detailed view. Cite As:Pardo, G.B., Prato, J., Rosbrook-Thompson, Cervinkova, H. and Golden, J.D.Special Issue -Edited by I Remembering and Belonging: Jewish Heritage and Civic Agency in Poland's Haunted Urban Spaces 1.
    Keywords: Jewish heritage; urban space; identity; belonging; civic agency; Breslau; Wroclaw; Poland;
    Academic Unit: Centre for European and Eurasian Studies
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 16424
    Depositing User: Hana Cervinkova
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2022 09:42
    Journal or Publication Title: Urbanities - Journal of Urban Ethnography
    Publisher: anthrojournal-urbanities
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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