Whose Cultural Memory? Disruptive Tactics by the Creative Collectives in George Town, Malaysia

Zaki Habibi

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This chapter examines everyday lived experiences of individuals and groups from various creative collectives in George Town, Malaysia. The process of these articulations is explored through their everyday dwelling in this city, especially in responding to the so-called official narrative of creative city within heritage context. This chapter aims to understand how the everyday tactics of creative collectives disrupt, or counteract, official narratives and top down creative branding of George Town as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The three analytical areas of which this alternative narrative is constructed are disrupting memories, politics of exclusion-inclusion, and formation of organic space. All these are articulated in their identities as artists, craft persons, and creative collectives organically formed from below.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-Imagining Creative Cities in Twenty-First Century Asia
EditorsXin Gu, Michael Kho Lim, Justin O'Connor
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-46291-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-46290-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 21

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • creative city
  • Asian studies
  • Southeast Asia
  • urban culture
  • urban creativity
  • cultural memory


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