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Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Justice and the Deindustrialising City

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 February 2023

Sarah Baker
Griffith University, Queensland
Zelmarie Cantillon
University of Western Sydney
Raphaël Nowak
University of York


The celebration of popular music can be an important mode of cultural expression and a source of pride for urban communities. This Element analyses the capacity for popular music heritage to enact cultural justice in the deindustrialising cities of Wollongong, Australia; Detroit, USA; and Birmingham, UK. The Element develops a critical approach to cultural justice for examining music and the city in a heritage context and outlines how the quest for cultural justice manifests in three key ways: collection, preservation and archiving; curation, storytelling and heritage interpretation; and mobilising communities for collective action.
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