Cultural Heritage Politics in China

Tami Blumenfield (Editor), Helaine I Silverman (Editor)

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Abstract

This volume explores China's cultural heritage ideology and policies from three interrelated perspectives: the State and World Heritage tourism; cultural heritage tourism at undesignated sites, and the cultural politics of museums and collections. Something of a cultural heritage designation craze is happening in China. This is new within even the last five to ten years. Officials at many levels now see heritage preservation as a means for commoditizing their regions. They are devoting new resources and attention to national and international heritage designations. Thus, addressing cultural heritage politics in a nation dedicated to designation is an important project, particularly in the context of a rapidly growing economy. This volume is also important because it addresses a very wide range of cultural heritage, providing an excellent sample of case studies: historic vernacular urban environments, ethnic tourism, scenic tourism, pilgrimage as tourism, tourism and economic development, museums, border heritage, underwater remains, and the actual governance and management of the sites. This volume is an outstanding introduction to cultural heritage issues in China while contributing to Chinese studies for those with greater knowledge of the area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages297
Volume9781461468745
ISBN (Electronic)9781461468745
ISBN (Print)1461468736, 9781461468738
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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