Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations breaks new ground in our understanding of the challenges faced by heritage practitioners and researchers in the contemporary world of mass migration, where people encounter new cultural heritage and relocate their own. It focuses particularly on issues affecting archaeological heritage sites and artefacts, which help determine and maintain social identity, a role problematised when populations are in flux. This diverse and authoritative collection brings together international specialists to discuss socio-political and ethical implications for the management of archaeological heritage in global society.
With contributions by authors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including archaeologists, philosophers, cultural historians and custodians of cultural heritage, the volume explores a rich mix of contrasting, yet complementary, viewpoints and approaches. Among the topics discussed are the relations between culture and identity; the potentialities of museums and monuments to support or subvert a people’s sense of who they are; and how cultural heritage has been used to bring together communities containing people of different origins and traditions, yet without erasing or blurring their distinctive cultural features.
Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations is a crucial text for archaeologists, curators, policymakers and others working in the heritage field, as well as for philosophers, political scientists and other readers interested in the links between immigration and cultural heritage.
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Geoffrey Scarre, Cornelius Holtorf and Andreas Pantazatos
PART ONE. THINGS ‘R’ US: ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE AS A PRESERVER OF SOCIAL IDENTITY
2. Cultural heritage, minorities and self-respect
3. Ancient places, new arrivals and the ethics of residence
4. Foreign and native soils: migrants and the uses of landscape
5. Changing demographics in Northern Europe: transforming narratives and identifying obstacles – a case study from Oslo, Norway
6. Lasting value? Engaging with the material traces of America’s undocumented migration "problem"
Jason De Léon and Cameron Gokee
PART TWO. MEMORY, MIGRANTS AND MUSEUMS
7. Concord migrations
8. Affiliative reterritorialization: the Manco Capac statue and the Japanese community in Peru
9. Heritage, participant perspective epistemic injustice, immigrants and identity formation
PART THREE. CULTURAL HERITAGE AS AN AGENT OF INTEGRATION
10. What is cross-cultural heritage? Challenges in identifying the heritage of globalized citizens
Laia Colomer and Cornelius Holtorf
11. The uses of heroes: justice, Alexander, and the Macedonian naming dispute
12. Archaeological heritage and migration: well-being, place, citizenship and the social
13. ‘Everyone’s different but we are all the same’: a transcultural project in a multicultural class
14. The place of the migrant: heritage in the transnational space of a Sydney park
15. Sharing history: migration, integration and a post-heritage future
"This is a volume of many strengths, but the greatest of these is its optimism, which is best expressed by the number of powerful case-studies that unequivocally convey the continued importance of cultural heritage in supporting societies of mixed origin."
Emily Hanscam, Durham University, UK
"This compilation brings important questions about migration, diversity, cultural heritage, and society into better focus. The chapters examine in different ways what may happen to cultural heritage when cultural identities collide and merge but also what may happen to people and their cultural lives. Overall, the approach is refreshing in that it seeks to apply the idea of “New Heritage” to deeply rooted notions of culture, ethnicity, nationality, and belonging, and demonstrate how these notions are challenged by mass movement and new ideas and uses of the past. There is an urgent need for critical analysis of this topic, as well as practical solutions, and here the book makes a clear contribution."
Carolina Jonsson Malm, Malmö University Sweden