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Global Heritage: A Reader

Lynn Meskell (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-76886-0
288 pages
June 2015, ©2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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Examines the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of heritage research and practice, and the underlying international politics of protecting cultural and natural resources around the globe.

  • Focuses on ethnographic and embedded perspectives, as well as a commitment to ethical engagement
  • Appeals to a broad audience, from archaeologists to heritage professionals, museum curators to the general public
  • The contributors comprise an outstanding team, representing some of the most prominent scholars in this broad field, with a combination of senior and emerging scholars, and an emphasis on international contributions
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction: Globalizing Heritage 1
Lynn Meskell

1 UNESCO and New World Orders 22
Lynn Meskell and Christoph Brumann

2 Neoliberalism, Heritage Regimes, and Cultural Rights 43
Rosemary J. Coombe and Lindsay M. Weiss

3 Civil Societies? Heritage Diplomacy and Neo-Imperialism 70
Morag M. Kersel and Christina Luke

4 Bridging Cultural and Natural Heritage 94
Denis Byrne and Gro Birgit Ween

5 Communities and Ethics in the Heritage Debates 112
Chip Colwell and Charlotte Joy

6 Heritage Management and Conservation: From Colonization to Globalization 131
Webber Ndoro and Gamini Wijesuriya

7 Heritage and Violence 150
Alfredo González-Ruibal and Martin Hall

8 Urban Heritage and Social Movements 171
Chiara De Cesari and Michael Herzfeld

9 Sustainable Development: Heritage, Community, Economics 196
Sophia Labadi and Peter G. Gould

10 Transnationalism and Heritage Development 217
Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels and Ian Lilley

11 Heritage and Tourism 240
Noel B. Salazar and Yujie Zhu

Index 259

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Author Information

Lynn Meskell is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Archaeology Center at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford in 2005 she was Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. She is Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Some of her recent books and edited collections include Cosmopolitan Archaeologies (2009) and The Nature of Culture: The New South Africa (Blackwell, 2011). Her new research focuses on the role of UNESCO in terms of heritage rights, sovereignty and international politics.
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"Archaeology concerns the present as much as the past. This volume draws together critical international and interdisciplinary considerations of heritage that will be important for years to come."
Chris Gosden, University of Oxford.

"Global Heritage constitutes an important and timely contribution to heritage studies, anthropology and archaeology. It brings together the best empirical research about heritage in different cultural environments and, through insightful and collaborative texts, sets forth the major theoretical advances in this field."

David Berliner, Professor of Anthropology, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, Université Libre de Bruxelles

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