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Cultural Heritages as Reflexive Traditions
 
 
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08 Dec 2006
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In a world increasingly perceived as culturally fragmented, the recovery of a sense of the past constitutes an industry in itself. Cultural Heritages as Reflexive Traditions explores anthropological definitions of and contributions to the study of heritage and tradition at an international scale. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork, contributors present case studies illustrating the invention or re-conceptualisation of heritages and traditions in selected locations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. They review the importance of stories as markers of identity and evaluate the generation of narratives within and about stories. Authors consider competing quests for heritages in post-colonial societies and assess the role of the heritage industry in the reclamation of lost histories. Since the heritage industry has developed as a resource with significant economic potential, several contributors query the impact of the commodification of heritage on the integrity of custodians and their cultural traditions.


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In a world increasingly perceived as culturally fragmented, the recovery of a sense of the past constitutes an industry in itself. Cultural Heritages as Reflexive Traditions explores anthropological definitions of and contributions to the study of heritage and tradition at an international scale. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork, contributors present case studies illustrating the invention or re-conceptualisation of heritages and traditions in selected locations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. They review the importance of stories as markers of identity and evaluate the generation of narratives within and about stories. Authors consider competing quests for heritages in post-colonial societies and assess the role of the heritage industry in the reclamation of lost histories. Since the heritage industry has developed as a resource with significant economic potential, several contributors query the impact of the commodification of heritage on the integrity of custodians and their cultural traditions.


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'...a well-organised, deftly-edited and professionally-produced volume which incorporates both interesting ethnography and intriguing analytic insights in a way which should provoke further ideas for research into the anthropology of heritage and tradition.' - Irish Journal of Anthropology


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Cultural Heritages: Process, Power, Commodification; M.Nic Craith
Reflexive Traditions and Heritage Production; U.Kockel
Tradition As Development Strategy; G.E.Aspraki
This is Our Story: Performing, Recording and Archiving Yolngu Cultural Heritage; F.Magowan
Tradition as Reflexive Project in Norway and Malaysia: Witch, Whore, Madonna and Heroine; A.K.Larsen
Challenging Heritage in the South African Countryside; A.Bohlin
Heritage and the Production of Locality in North Namibia; I.Fairweather
The Changing Role of British Cultural Heritage in South Africa; H.Novotná
The Transmission of Islamic Heritage in Northern Ireland; G.Marranci
Heritage Narratives on the Slovenian Coast: The Lion and the Attic; I.Weber
Globalizing Heritage: Marketing the Prehistoric Built Environment in Ireland; K.A.Costa
Culture, Heritage and Commodification; H.Gill-Robinson
Heritage as a Commodity: Are We Devaluing Our Heritage by Making it Available to the Highest Bidder via the Internet?; B.R.Hewitt
Index


Authors

ULLRICH KOCKEL has worked in Higher Education in Britain, Germany and Ireland since 1984. He currently holds the Chair of Ethnology and Folk Life at the University of Ulster, UK, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His research ranges across the field of European ethnology, with special focus on cultural encounters (Borderline Cases: the Ethnic Frontiers of European Integration), and on culture and economy (Regional Culture and Economic Development: Explorations in European Ethnology). In 2003 he was elected to the United Kingdom's Academy for the Social Sciences.

MÁIRÉAD NIC CRAITH is Director of the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster, UK, where she holds the Chair in Irish Culture and Language. She has previously been attached to the University of Liverpool and University Colleges, Dublin and Cork. She is author and editor of several books including Europe and the Politics of Language (2006) and Culture and Identity Politics in Northern Ireland (2004). Her research interests include culture and identity politics, European integration and regional cultures, and European ethnology. She was joint winner of the 2004 Ruth Michaelis Jena Ratcliff research prize for folklife.