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Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

Cultural Contestation

Heritage, Identity and the Role of Government

Editors: Rodenberg, Jeroen, Wagenaar, Pieter (Eds.)

  • Addresses how government policies provoke cultural contestation
  • Avoids striking a strict distinction between tangible and intangible heritage while also allowing for the possibility that conflict surrounding objects and practices might differ from each other with a number of case studies in each
  • Combines insights from political science to heritage studies, public administration to architecture to underscore the necessity of a multidisciplinary approach to the topic
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About this book

Heritage practices often lead to social exclusion, as such practices can favor certain values over others. In some cases, exclusion from a society’s symbolic landscape can spark controversy, or rouse emotion so much so that they result in cultural contestation. Examples of this abound, but few studies explicitly analyze the role of government in these instances. In this volume, scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds examine the various and often conflicting roles governments play in these processes—and governments do play a role. They act as authors and authorizers of the symbolic landscape, from which societal groups may feel excluded. Yet, they also often attempt to bring parties together and play a mitigating role.

About the authors

Jeroen Rodenberg is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He specializes in governance and policy of cultural heritage.

Pieter Wagenaar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He specializes in the history of governance and the governance of history.

Reviews

“This exciting volume continues a long tradition of scholarship on the politics of heritage, but brings new insights by focusing attention on places, contexts and moments too often ignored in heritage studies. Chapters on Central Asia, Cyprus, Cuba, Bangladesh and Estonia really help to open up debates about the complex appropriations of the past by governments and other actors. The volume valuably contributes to our understanding of the ongoing role the state plays in curating heritage and memory, and the consequences this has for different social actors.” (Tim Winter, Professor of Critical Heritage Studies, University of Western Australia)

“It is really nice to see such interdisciplinary conversation developing between heritage studies and political science. Significantly, this work has a capacity to deliver on the promise of ‘criticality’ within recent research on cultural heritage, through a range of tightly focused case studies that have global appeal.” (David C. Harvey, Professor of Critical Heritage Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Cultural Contestation: Heritage, Identity and the Role of Government

    Rodenberg, Jeroen (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Cultural Contestation in China: Ethnicity, Identity, and the State

    Maags, Christina

    Pages 13-36

  • Ethnicity, Heritage and Human Rights in the Union of Myanmar

    Logan, William

    Pages 37-60

  • The Obliteration of Heritage of the Jumma People and the Role of Government: The Story of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

    Hashem, Rumana

    Pages 61-80

  • Impediment or Resource? Contextualisation of the Shared Built Heritage in Turkey

    Kaya, Deniz Ikiz (et al.)

    Pages 81-103

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91914-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91913-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultural Contestation
Book Subtitle
Heritage, Identity and the Role of Government
Editors
  • Jeroen Rodenberg
  • Pieter Wagenaar
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91914-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91914-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91913-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 342
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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