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Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights

Intersections in Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Michele Langfield, William Logan, Mairead Nic Craith


272 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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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.


“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

Table of Contents

Part 1: Setting Agendas 1. Intersecting concepts and practices, Michele Langfield, William Logan and Máiréad Nic Craith 2. Human rights and the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, Hilary Charlesworth 3. Custodians of the land: Indigenous peoples, human rights and cultural integrity, Jérémie Gilbert 4. Linguistic heritage and language rights in Europe: theoretical considerations and practical implications, Máiréad Nic Craith Part 2: National vs Local Rights 5.Unravelling the cradle of civilization ‘layer by layer’: Iraq, its peoples and cultural heritage, Ana Filipa Vrdoljak 6. The political appropriation of Burma’s cultural heritage and its implications for human rights, Janette Philp 7. ‘Elasticity’ of heritage, from conservation to human rights: a saga of development and resistance in Penang, Malaysia, Judith Nagata 8. Rendered invisible: urban planning, cultural heritage and human rights, Graeme Bristol 9. ‘Indigenous peoples are not multicultural minorities’: cultural diversity, heritage and indigenous human rights in Australia, Michele Langfield 10. A sung heritage: an ecological approach to rights and authority in intangible cultural heritage in Northern Australia, Fiona Magowan 11. ‘Cuca Shops’ and Christians: Heritage, Morality and Citizenship in Northern Namibia, Ian Fairweather Part 3: Rights in Conflict 12. Protecting the Tay Nguyen Gongs: Conflicting Rights in Vietnam’s Central Plateau, William Logan 13. The Rights Movement and Cultural Revitalization: The Case of the Ainu in Japan, Yuuki Hasegawa 14. Cultural Heritage and Human Rights in Divided Cyprus, Susan Balderstone 15. Leaving the Buildings Behind: Conflict, Sovereignty and the Values of Heritage in Kashmir, Tim Winter and Shalini Panjabi

About the Series

Key Issues in Cultural Heritage

Key Issues in Cultural Heritage is a new and unique series which aims to identify interdisciplinary debates within the changing and under-theorized field of Heritage Studies and to explore how they impact on the practices not only of heritage management and conservation, but also the processes of production, consumption and engagement with heritage in its many and varied forms. Each volume brings together a selection of international contributors and global case studies, providing a balance of theoretical and empirical content.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology