1st Edition

Relevance and Application of Heritage in Contemporary Society

Edited By Pei-Lin Yu, Chen Shen, George Smith Copyright 2018
    230 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the contemporary world, unprecedented global events are challenging our ability to protect and enhance cultural heritage for future generations. Relevance and Application of Heritage in Contemporary Society examines innovative and flexible approaches to cultural heritage protection.

    Bringing together cultural heritage scholars and activists from across the world, the volume showcases a spectrum of exciting new approaches to heritage protection, community involvement, and strategic utilization of expertise. The contributions deal with a range of highly topical issues, including armed conflict and non-state actors, as well as broad questions of public heritage, museum roles in society, heritage tourism, disputed ownership, and indigenous and local approaches. In so doing, the volume builds upon, and introduces readers to, a new cultural heritage declaration codified during a 2016 workshop at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.

    Offering a clarion call for an enduring spirit of innovation, collaboration, education, and outreach, Relevance and Application of Heritage in Contemporary Society will be important reading for scholars, students, cultural heritage managers, and local community stakeholders.

    1. Introduction: Balancing the Past with the Needs and Concerns of Contemporary Society George Smith, Pei-Lin Yu and Chen Shen

    2.  Lessons Since 2003: Protecting Cultural Heritage During Conflict Peter Stone

    3. Online Public Opinion and Archaeological Heritage Conservation: Case Study from Western Canada    David Pokotylo

    4.  Objects of the Past: Relevance of Cultural Heritage in 21st Century Museums Chen Shen

    5. What’s a Museum to Do? The Global Trade in Illegal Antiquities L. Eden Burgess

    6. Public Perception and Policy Changes of Cultural Heritage Management in China Jigen Tang

    7. Value and Values in Heritage Tourism from the Grand Tour to the Experience Economy Uzi Baram

    8. Heritage in a Changing World - Higher Education for Heritage Managers Fekri Hassan

    9. Higher Education and the Cultural Heritage Management Curriculum: A Personal Perspective George S. Smith

    10. Engaging “The Public” in Heritage: Which Public and Whose Heritage? Elizabeth S. Chilton

    11. Regulating Indigenous Heritage: Impacts of Governmental Policies and Procedures on Indigenous Heritage Joe Watkins

    12. The New Data-Makers: Indigenous Innovations in Cultural Heritage Management Pei-Lin Yu

    13. Cultural Heritage Management in Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities Jeffrey H. Altschul

    14. Heritage in the Global Economy: Protecting Cultural Heritage through Non-Governmental and Voluntary Practices Marion Werkheiser, Trace Brooks, Ellen Chapman

    15. Heritage, Climate Change, and Adaptation Planning Diane L. Douglas

    16.  The Fusion of Law and Ethics in Cultural Heritage Management: The 21st Century Confronts Archaeology Hilary A. Soderland and Ian A. Lilley

    17.  Cultural Heritage Stewardship: Challenges and New Approaches for an Uncertain Future Arlene K. Fleming

    Appendices: The Toronto Declaration in five languages


    Pei-Lin Yu is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boise State University (Idaho, USA), with twenty years of experience in federal cultural heritage management. She has conducted ethnoarchaeological research in both Venezuela and Taiwan.

    Chen Shen is a Senior Curator of Chinese Art and Archaeology at Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, where he currently serves as Vice President of World Cultures. He is cross-appointed as Professor in the East Asian Studies Department at the University of Toronto.

    George S. Smith retired as the Associate Director of the National Park Service’s Southeast Archaeological Center (USA) and currently holds an appointment in the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University, USA.

    "Overall, and collectively, the authors accomplish the daunting task of calling attention to innovative and meaningful applications of cultural heritage that will become increasingly significant in coming decades." - Julie Hollowell, JOURNAL OF EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY AND HERITAGE STUDIES