Communities and Cultural Heritage explores the relationship between communities, their cultural heritage and the global forces that control most of the worldâs wealth and resources in todayâs world.
Bringing together scholars and heritage practitioners from nine countries, this book contributes to the ongoing dialogue on community heritage by analysing impediments to full community participation. The underminin of local communities comes at a high price. As the chapters in this book demonstrate, the knowledge embedded within traditional and Indigenous heritage creates communities that are more resilient to environmental and social stressors and more responsive to contemporary challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation, post-disaster recovery and relocation. Cultural heritage practices often fail to capitalise upon local knowledge and traditional skills and undervalue the potential contribution of local communities in finding creative and resourceful solutions to the issues they are confronting.
Arguing that the creation of successful community heritage project requires ongoing reflection on the aims, methods, financing and acceptable outcomes of projects, the volume also demonstrates that the decolonization of Western-focussed heritage practices is an ongoing process, by which subaltern groups are brought forward and given a space in the heritage narrative.
Reflecting on trends that impact communities and heritage sites across different geographical regions, Communities and Cultural Heritage will be of interest to academics, students and practitioners of cultural heritage,archaeology and anthropology around the world.
Table of Contents
Preface Valerie Higgins, Diane Douglas and George Smith 1. Communities in Heritage: Global Issues, Local Values Valerie Higgins and Diane Douglas Section 1: The Power of Living Heritage 2. Cultural Heritage, Empowerment and the Social Transformation of Local Communities Fekri Hassan 3. Defining âHeritage Communitiesâ in an Age of Migration: Urban Youthsâ Narratives of Translocality Kaja Hannedatter Sontum 4. Agricultural Heritage Systems, their Resilience and Climate Smart Communities Parviz Koohafkan and Thomas L. Price 5. Historic Heritage Sites and Depopulation: Cities without Citizens Valerie Higgins 6. Identifying Local Communitiesâ Resilience and Power to Build Sustainable Futures: âDemocracy starts hereâ Ibrahima Thiaw 7. Local Craft Knowledge and Heritage-making in the Aftermath of a Capacity-building Project in Southern Africa: Who are the locals? Per Ditlef Fredriksen and Foreman Bandama 8. Valuing and Protecting the Past in Contemporary Society George S. Smith 9. Archaeology, Communities, and Economic Development: A Pandoraâs Box K.Anne Pyburn Section 2: Vertical and Horizontal Management of Resources 10. Realities and Requisites in Community-based Heritage Management Peter G. Gould 11. Cultural Heritage Stewardship: Challenges and New Approaches for an Uncertain Future Arlene K. Fleming 12. Tourism and Sustainability in the Historic City of Rome: Challenge or Threat? Barbara Staniscia 13. Heritage Preservation and Indigenous Communities in the United States Joe Watkins 14. Local Engagement in Public-Private Partnerships for Heritage Management William H. Jansen Section 3: Natural Hazards: Managing Heritage in the Face of Climate change and Natural Disasters 15. Understanding how Indigenous Knowledge can Contribute to Mitigating Global Climate Change: Seeing the forest and the trees Diane L. Douglas 16. Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage through Community Engagement Rohit Jigyasu 17. People-centered Cultural Heritage First Aid: From Response to Resilience Aparna Tandon Epilogue Christopher Prescott
Valerie Higgins is is currently Associate Professor of Archaeology at The American University of Rome in Italy.
Diane Douglas has acted as Environmental Consultant in 19 countries over the past decade. Dr. Douglas has served as Principal Advisor, Project Manager or Team Leader for engineering and environmental firms, as well as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank on Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation (IFC), and World Bank.