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Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights
Intersections in Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780415563673
Published November 27, 2009 by Routledge
288 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This theoretically innovative anthology investigates the problematic linkages between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity, defining and establishing cultural citizenship, and enforcing human rights.

It is the first publication to address the notions of cultural diversity, cultural heritage and human rights in one volume. Heritage provides the basis of humanity’s rich cultural diversity. While there is a considerable literature dealing separately with cultural diversity, cultural heritage and human rights, this book is distinctive and has contemporary relevance in focusing on the intersection between the three concepts. Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights establishes a fresh approach that will interest students and practitioners alike and on which future work in the heritage field might proceed.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Setting Agendas  1. Intersecting Concepts and Practices   2. Human Rights and the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme 3. Custodians of the Land: Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Cultural Integrity 4. Linguistic Heritage and Language Rights in Europe: Theoretical Considerations and Practical Implications Part 2: National vs Local Rights  5. Unravelling the Cradle of Civilization ‘Layer by Layer’: Iraq, its Peoples and Cultural Heritage 6. The Political Appropriation of Burma’s Cultural Heritage and its Implications for Human rights   7. ‘Elasticity’ of Heritage, From Conservation to Human Rights: A Saga of Development and Resistance in Penang, Malaysia 8. Rendered Invisible: Urban Planning, Cultural Hheritage and Human Rights 9. ‘Indigenous Peoples are not Multicultural Minorities’: Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Indigenous Human Rights in Australia 10. A Sung Heritage: An Ecological Approach to Rights and Authority in Intangible Cultural Heritage in Northern Australia  11. ‘Cuca Shops’ and Christians: Heritage, Morality and Citizenship in Northern Namibia  Part 3: Rights in Conflict 12. Protecting the Tay Nguyen Gongs: Conflicting Rights in Vietnam’s Central Plateau 13. The Rights Movement and Cultural Revitalization: The Case of the Ainu in Japan   14. Cultural Heritage and Human Rights in Divided Cyprus  15. Leaving the Buildings Behind: Conflict, Sovereignty and the Values of Heritage in Kashmir

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“Reading this book and reflecting on the 35+ years since the World Heritage Convention came into force one recognizes the fragility of the whole ‘World Heritage project’. Is there a better alternative? I strongly commend the book. An engaging, if not cheering read.” - Max Bourke