Understanding heritage in practice

Edited by Susie West

Understanding heritage in practice

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8154-5
  • Pages: 360
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £24.99
  • Published Date: January 2010
  • BIC Category: Social & cultural anthropology, Fine arts: treatments & subjects, ART / Museum Studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Museology & heritage studies, The arts / Art treatments & subjects, Archaeology, Art History


Written by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, this authoritative text explores how heritage is delivered and consumed in a global world, and the ever-increasing ways in which heritage is actively valued. New international case studies see heritage as social action, as performance, and as a vehicle for innovations in tourism, challenging the notion that only official heritage practices can successfully select and interpret our links with the past.

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


List of figures
Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
1. A history of heritage (Susie West and Jacqueline Ansell)
2. Heritage values (Susie West, Jason Gaiger and Jorge Otero-Pailos)
3. Natural heritage (Rodney Harrison and Donal O'Donnell)
4. Museum practice and heritage (Tim Benton and Nicola Watson)
5. Interpretation of heritage (Elizabeth McKellar and Susie West)
6. Heritage and tourism (Matthew Kurtz)
7. Heritage as social action (Rodney Harrison)
8. Heritage as performance (Susie West and Marion Bowman)


Susie West is Lecturer in Heritage Studies at The Open University

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