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Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology

Living in a World Heritage Site

Ethnography of Houses and Daily Life in the Fez Medina

Authors: Istasse, Manon

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  • Examines the relationship of residents in the Fez medina to the medina as a world heritage site
  • Presents an important perspective on heritage using an urban ethnographic approach
  • Ties together ethnographic investigations from the perspectives of the residents themselves with theoretical notions and debates across Anthropology
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Through a thick ethnography of the Fez medina in Morocco, a World Heritage site since 1981, Manon Istasse interrogates how human beings come to define houses as heritage. Istasse interrogates how heritage appears (or not) when inhabitants undertake construction and restoration projects in their homes, furnish and decorate their spaces, talk about their affective and sensual relations with houses, face conflicts in and about their houses, and more. Shedding light on the continuum between houses-as-dwellings and houses-as-heritage, the author establishes heritage as a trajectory: heritage as a quality results from a ‘surplus of attention’ and relates to nostalgia or to a feeling of threat, loss, and disappearance; to values related to purity, materiality, and time; and to actions of preservation and transmission. Living in a World Heritage site provides a grammar of heritage that will allow scholars to question key notions of temporality and nostalgia, the idea of culture, the importance of experts, and moral principles in relation to heritage sites around the globe.

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Manon Istasse is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie de Mondes Contemporains (LAMC) at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

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“This nuanced and theoretically sophisticated ethnography shows us that people and houses forge intimate relationships which—even in a place replete with history—go far beyond what a cultural heritage discourse singles out. Istasse delivers a major contribution to urban and architectural anthropology, critical heritage research, and the study of materiality and its social life.” (Christoph Brumann, Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany)  
  

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Living in a World Heritage Site
Book Subtitle
Ethnography of Houses and Daily Life in the Fez Medina
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17451-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17451-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17450-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-17453-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 293
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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