Cultural Contestation: Heritage, Identity and the Role of Government

Cultural Contestation: Heritage, Identity and the Role of Government

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ISBN-13: 9783319919133
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 07/04/2018
Series: Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


1. Cultural Contestation: Identity, Heritage and the Role of Government (Jeroen Rodenberg and Pieter Wagenaar)
2. Cultural Contestation in China: Ethnicity, Identity and the State (Christina Maags)
3. Ethnicity, Heritage and Human Rights in the Union of Myanmar (William Logan)
4. The Obliteration of Heritage of the Jumma People and the Role of Government: The Story of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (Rumana Hashem)
5. Impediment or Resource?: Contextualisation of the Shared Built Heritage in Turkey (Deniz Ikiz Kaya and Mehmet Calhan)
6. From Underworld to Museum Showcase: Afro-Cuban Religions, Heritage Production and Cuban Cultural Policy (Michelle A. Tisdel)
7. Dispossessing the Wilderness: Contesting Canada’s National Park Narrative (Desiree Valadares)
8. Famagusta, Cyprus: Cultural Heritage at the Center of Political and Cultural Contestation (Carlos Jaramillo)
9. The War over Nagorno-Karabakh and Its Lasting Effects on Cultural Heritage (Marja van Heese)
10. Dealing with a Difficult Past: Japan, South Korea and the UNESCO World Heritage List (Ioan Trifu)
11. Lost Temporalities and Imagined Histories: The Symbolic Violence in the Greek-Macedonian Naming Dispute (Biljana Volchevska)
12. Of, by and for Which People? Government and Contested Heritage in the American Midwest (Elizabeth Kryder-Reid and Larry J. Zimmerman)
13. Ethno-Nationalism Revisited?: A Journey through the New Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum) (Emilia Pawłusz)
14. Acting in a National Play: Governmental Roles during the Zwarte Piet Contestation (Pieter Wagenaar and Jeroen Rodenberg)
15. Conclusion: Roles Governments Play in Shaping the Symbolic Landscape (Jeroen Rodenberg and Pieter Wagenaar)

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“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)

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