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Cultures and Globalization

Cultures and Globalization
Heritage, Memory and Identity

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April 2011 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Heritage, memory, and identity are closely connected keywords of our time, each endowed with considerable rhetorical power. Different human groups define certain objects and practices as 'heritage'; they envision heritage to reflect some form of collective memory, either lived or imagined; and they combine both to construct cultural identities. Today, the three terms raise conjoined issues of practice, policy and politics in an increasingly globalized world.

Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.

Pierre Nora
Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Dacia Viejo-Rose and Helmut K. Anheier
James V. Wertsch and Doc M. Billingsley
The Role of Narratives in Commemoration: Remembering as Mediated Action
Yudhishthir Raj Isar
UNESCO and Heritage: Global Doctrine, Global Practice
Dacia Viejo-Rose
Destruction and Reconstruction of Heritage: Impacts on Memory and Identity
Tim Winter
The Political Economies of Heritage
Ien Ang
Unsettling the National: Heritage and Diaspora
Jean-Pierre Warnier
Territorialization and the Politics of Autochthony
Cristina Sánchez-Carretero and Carmen Ortiz
Grassroots Memorials as Sites of Heritage Creation
Liz Šev?enko
Sites of Conscience: Heritage of and for Human Rights
Benjamin Morris
'Not Just a Place': Culture Heritage and the Environment
Regional Realities
Jagath Weerasinghe
Living Sacred Heritage and 'Authenticity' in South Asia
Aurel Croissant and Paul W. Chambers
A Contested Site of Memory: The Preah Vihear Temple
Susan Keitumetse, Laura McAtackney and Gobopaone Senata
Memory and Identity as Elements of Heritage Tourism in Southern Africa
Rosabelle Boswell
Multiple Heritages, Multiple Identities: The Southwest Indian Ocean
Dragan Klaic
Remembering and Forgetting Communist Cultural Production
Zala Volcic
Post-socialist Recollections: Identity and Memory in Former Yugoslavia
Lucina Jiménez López
Contemporary Creativity and Heritage in Latin America
Fields and Issues
Julie Thomas
The Manipulation of Memory and Heritage in Museums of Migration
Asu Aksoy and Kevin Robins
Heritage, Memory, Debris: Sulukule, Don't Forget
Yael Navaro-Yashin
Knowing the City: Migrants Negotiating Materialities in Istanbul
Akiko Hashimoto
Divided Memories, Contested Histories: The Shifting Landscape in Japan
Ananda Breed
Memorialization and the Rwandan Genocide: The Use of Theatre
Brian Schiff, Carolina Porto de Andrade and Mathilde Toulemonde
Narrating Shared Identity
Esther Shalev-Gerz
Listening Voices: On Actualizing Memories
Henrietta L. Moore
Intangibles: Culture, Heritage and Identity
David Lowenthal
From the Tower of Babel to the Ivory Tower

This volume is of one of the most comprehensive in the field. Its three themes are critical for the study of culture and globalization with its condensation of space, time and memory. Heritage is the things from the past which people consider worth conserving and memorialising. Memory is the selective recall of significant cultural values and practices, especially in the context of migration and diaspora-formation. Identities are the self-definitions which individuals and groups construct for themselves and which heritage and memory have helped to shape. The essays explore the intersection between these three processes. They are learned, deeply researched and insightful, and the comparative range is impressive. The volume is certain to become a standard reference text for scholars and the general reader alike

Stuart Hall
Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Open University

Anyone interested in the meaning of trans-national cultural life needs to read this book. As these essays disclose, the collective which remembers collectively today is now composed of men and women whose lives and families fragment with dizzying speed. That is why the terms memory, identity, and heritage matter so much. As a guide for the perplexed, this powerful assembly of essays contributes more than any other I know to disclosing and clarifying the complex spatial and temporal interactions governing cultural practices no longer confined to the nation state
Jay Winter
Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University

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Helmut K. Anheier

Helmut K. Anheier, PhD, is President and Dean at the Hertie School of Governance, and holds a chair of sociology at Heidelberg University. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1986, was a senior researcher at John Hopkins School of Public Policy, Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. Professor Anheier founded and directed the Centre for Civil Society at LSE, the Center for Civil Society at UCLA, and the Center for Social Investment at Heidelberg. Before embarking on an academic career, he served as social affairs officer to... More About Author

Yudhishthir Raj Isar

Yudhishthir Raj Isar is an independent analyst, advisor and public speaker who straddles different worlds of cultural theory, experience and practice. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney. He has also been maître de conference at Sciences Po, Paris. Professor Isar is co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE). He is a trustee of civil society cultural organisations and consultant to international organisations and foundations and Past President of Culture Action Europe. Earlier, at UNESCO,... More About Author

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