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1st Edition

A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage

ISBN 9781138950924
Published October 10, 2018 by Routledge
930 Pages

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Book Description

Heritage’s revival as a respected academic subject has, in part, resulted from an increased awareness and understanding of indigenous rights and non-Western philosophies and practices, and a growing respect for the intangible. Heritage has, thus far, focused on management, tourism and the traditionally ‘heritage-minded’ disciplines, such as archaeology, geography, and social and cultural theory. Widening the scope of international heritage studies, A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage explores heritage through new areas of knowledge, including emotion and affect, the politics of dissent, migration, and intercultural and participatory dimensions of heritage.

Drawing on a range of disciplines and the best from established sources, the book includes writing not typically recognised as 'heritage', but which, nevertheless, makes a valuable contribution to the debate about what heritage is, what it can do, and how it works and for whom. Including heritage perspectives from beyond the professional sphere, the book serves as a reminder that heritage is not just an academic concern, but a deeply felt and keenly valued public and private practice. This blending of traditional topics and emerging trends, established theory and concepts from other disciplines offers readers international views of the past and future of this growing field.

A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage offers a wider, more current and more inclusive overview of issues and practices in heritage and its intersection with museums. As such, the book will be essential reading for postgraduate students of heritage and museum studies. It will also be of great interest to academics, practitioners and anyone else who is interested in how we conceptualise and use the past.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

Notes on contributors

Series preface




Sheila Watson, Amy Jane Barnes and Katy Bunning

Part I: Heritage contexts, past and present

Introduction to Part I

Amy Jane Barnes

  1. Heritage pasts and heritage presents: temporality, meaning and the scope of heritage studies
  2. David C. Harvey

  3. Museum studies and heritage: independent museums and the ‘heritage debate’ in the UK
  4. Anna Woodham

  5. People [extracts]
  6. Alan Bennett

  7. The crisis of cultural authority
  8. Tiffany Jenkins

  9. Editorials: History Workshop Journal
  10. Editorial Collective/Raphael Samuel

  11. Hybrids
  12. Raphael Samuel

  13. Understanding our encounters with heritage: the value of 'historical consciousness'
  14. Ceri Jones

  15. Weighing up intangible heritage: a view from Ise
  16. Simon Richards

  17. From monument to cultural patrimony: The concepts and practices of heritage in Mexico
  18. Cintia Velázquez Marroni

  19. We come from the land of the ice and snow: Icelandic heritage and its usage in present day society
  20. Guðrún D. Whitehead

  21. Por la encendida calle antillana: Africanisms and Puerto Rican architecture
  22. Arleen Pabón

  23. Iconoclash in the age of heritage [extracts]

Peter Probst

    Part II: Authenticity and tourism

    Introduction to Part II

    Sheila Watson

13. Touring the slave route: inaccurate authenticities in Bénin, West Africa

Timothy R. Landry

14. Steampunking heritage: How Steampunk artists reinterpret museum collections

Jeanette Atkinson

15. Why fakes?

Mark Jones

16. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction

Walter Benjamin

17. After authenticity at an American heritage site

Eric Gable and Richard Handler

18. Makeover for Mont-Saint-Michel: a renovation project harnesses the power of the sea to preserve one of the world’s most iconic islands

 Alexander Stille

19. Resonance and wonder

Stephen Greenblatt

20. ‘Introduction’ to In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore Studies

Regina Bendix

Part III: Emotions and materiality

Introduction to Part III

Sheila Watson

21. Invoking affect

Clare Hemmings

22. The archaeology of mind [extracts]

Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven

23. 'The trophies of their wars': affect and encounter at the Canadian War Museum

Sara Matthews

24. Huddled masses yearning to buy postcards: the politics of producing heritage at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument.

Joanne Maddern

25. The Holocaust and the museum world in Britain: a study of ethnography

Tony Kushner

26. Senses of place, senses of time and heritage

Gregory John Ashworth and Brian Graham

27. Making heritage pay in the Rainbow Nation

Lynn Meskell

28. The concept and its varieties

Anthony Smith

29. Materiality matters: experiencing the displayed object

Sandra Dudley

30. Concepts of identity and difference

Kathryn Woodward

31. Emotional engagement in heritage sites and museums: ghosts of the past and imagination in the present

Sheila Watson

32. The Third World

Jeremy Black

33. Turkish delight: Antonio Gala's La pasión turca as a vision of Spain's contested Islamic heritage

Nicola Gilmour

34. ‘The cliffs are not the cliffs’: the cliffs of Dover and national identities in Britain, c.1750 – c.1950

Paul Readman

Part IV: Diversity and identity

Introduction to Part IV

Katy Bunning

35. Museums as intercultural spaces

Simona Bodo

36. Gradients of alterity: museums and the negotiation of cultural difference in contemporary Norway

Marzia Varutti

37. Museums in a global world: a conversation on museums, heritage, nation and diversity in a transnational age

Conal McCarthy, Rhiannon Mason, Christopher Whitehead, Jakob Ingemann Parby, André Cicalo, Philipp Schorch, Leslie Witz, Pablo Alonso Gonzalez, Naomi Roux, Eva Ambos and Cirai Rassool

38. Reflections on the Confluence Project: assimilation, sustainability, and the perils of a shared heritage

Jon Daehnke

39. Ethnic heritage for the nation: debating 'identity museums' on the National Mall

Katy Bunning

40. Heritage interpretation and human rights: documenting diversity, expressing identity, or establishing universal principles?

Neil Siberman

41. Un-placed heritage: making identity through fashion

Malika Kraamer and Amy Jane Barnes

Part V: Participatory heritage

Introduction to Part V

Katy Bunning

42. Research on community heritage: moving from collaborative research to participatory and co-designed research practice

Andrew Flinn and Anna Sexton

43. Beyond the rhetoric: negotiating the politics and realising the potential of community-driven heritage engagement

Corinne Perkin

44. From representation to participation: inclusive practices, co-curating and the voice of the protagonists in some Italian migration museums

Anna Chiara Cimoli

45. Museums, trans youth and institutional change: transforming heritage institutions through collaborative practice

Serena Iervolino

46. Embrace the margins: adventures in archaeology and homelessness

Rachael Kiddey and John Schofield

47. Developing dialogue in co‐produced exhibitions: between rhetoric, intentions and realities

Nuala Morse, Morag Macpherson and Sophie Robinson

48. Community engagement, curatorial practice and museum ethos in Alberta, Canada

Bryony Onciul

Part VI: Contested histories and heritage

Introduction to Part VI

Sheila Watson

49. Contested townscapes: the walled city as world heritage

Oliver Creighton

50. Reassembling Nuremberg, reassembling heritage.

Sharon Macdonald

51. Can there be a conciliatory heritage?

Erica Lehrer

52. Palimpsest memoryscapes: materializing and mediating war and peace in Sierra Leone

Paul Basu

53. Representing the China Dream: a case study in revolutionary cultural heritage

Amy Jane Barnes

54. Contested trans-national heritage: the demolition of Changi prison, Singapore

Joan Beaumont 

55. The politics of community heritage: motivations, authority and control

Elizabeth Crooke

56. 'To make the dry bones live': Amédée Forestier’s Glastonbury Lake Village

James E. Phillips

57. ‘Introduction’ to Contested Landscapes: Movement, Exile and Place

Barbara Bender

58. Sensuous (re)collections: The sight and taste of socialism at Grūtas Statue Park, Lithuania

Gediminis Lankauskas


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Sheila Watson is an Associate Professor and Director of the MA/MSc in Heritage and Interpretation by Distance Learning in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK.

Amy Jane Barnes is Research Associate in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, UK, a University Teacher at Loughborough University, UK, and an affiliate of King's College London.

Katy Bunning is a Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK.


"This new edition of People of the Earth continues the highly authoritative and well-written coverage of Brian Fagan’s thorough and accessible introduction to global (pre)history.  Now with coauthor Nadia Durrani, the volume captures our humanity’s identity through deep time and our earthly space in a factual narrative readily intelligible to a broad readership.  From our human origins 7 million years ago to the Shang Dynasty of China, we are taken on a time-traveling machine with numerous layovers, surprises and counterintuitive storylines."

Vernon L. Scarborough, University of Cincinnati, USA