Contested Cultural Heritage: Religion, Nationalism, Erasure, and Exclusion in a Global World

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Abstract

Cultural heritage is material - tangible and intangible - that signifies a culture's history or legacy. It has become a venue for contestation, ranging in scale from protesting to violently claimed and destroyed. But who defines what is to be preserved and what is to be erased? As cultural heritage becomes increasingly significant across the world, the number of issues for critical analysis and, hopefully, mediation, arise. The issue stems from various groups: religious, ethnic, national, political, and others come together to claim, appropriate, use, exclude, or erase markers and manifestations of their own and other's cultural heritage as a means for asserting, defending, or denying critical claims to power, land, and legitimacy. Can cultural heritage be well managed and promoted while at the same time kept within parameters so as to diminish contestation? The cases herein rage from Greece, Spain, Egypt, the UK, Syria, Zimbabwe, Italy, the Balkans, Bénin, and Central America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages286
ISBN (Print)9781441973047
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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cultural heritage
nationalism
exclusion
Religion
religious group
Central America
Syria
Southeastern Europe
Zimbabwe
Egypt
Greece
mediation
legitimacy
Italy
Spain
Erasure
Nationalism
Exclusion
Cultural Heritage
history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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