Understanding the politics of heritage

Edited by Rodney Harrison

Understanding the politics of heritage

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8152-1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £24.99
  • Published Date: August 2009
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Museology & heritage studies, The arts / Art treatments & subjects, Archaeology, Art History, Social & cultural anthropology, Fine arts: treatments & subjects, ART / Museum Studies


Written by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, this authoritative text presents an engaging narrative of the way politics features in heritage conservation and management. New international case studies illustrate how notions of identity, social class and nationhood may be woven into the provision of official heritage, and how heritage may be seen to be less about upholding truth or authenticity and more about delivering political objectives.

Aimed primarily at students in heritage studies and professionals in heritage industries, this book is one of three in the Understanding Global Heritage series.


Understanding the Politics of Heritage is recommended for those eager to apprise themselves of some of the debates and theoretical "takes" on the subject. The case studies are compelling, and the overall tone is nuanced and inquisitive.


List of figures
Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
1. What is heritage? (Rodney Harrison)
2. Critical approaches to heritage (Rodney Harrison and Audrey Linkman)
3. Heritage as a tool of government (Anne Laurence)
4. World Heritage (Ian Donnachie)
5. The politics of heritage (Rodney Harrison)
6. Heritage and nationalism (Richard Allen)
7. Heritage, colonialism and postcolonialism (Rodney Harrison and Lotte Hughes)
8. Heritage and class (Susie West)
Appendix: Cultural heritage policy documents


Rodney Harrison is Lecturer in Heritage Studies at The Open University

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