Securing Urban Heritage: Agents, Access, and Securitization, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Securing Urban Heritage

Agents, Access, and Securitization, 1st Edition

Edited by Heike Oevermann, Eszter Gantner


192 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367148430
pub: 2019-09-09
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Securing Urban Heritage considers the impact of securitization on access to urban heritage sites. Demonstrating that symbolic spaces such as these have increasingly become the location of choice for the practice and performance of contemporary politics in the last decade, the book shows how this has led to the securitization of urban public space. Highlighting specific changes that have been made, such as the installation of CCTV or the limitation of access to certain streets, plazas and buildings, the book analyses the impact of different approaches to securitization.

Claiming that access to heritage sites is a precursor to an informed and thorough understanding of heritage, the editors and contributors to this volume argue that new forms of securing urban heritage, including community involvement and digitalization, offer possibilities for the protection and use of urban heritage. Looking more closely at the versatile relationship between access and securitization in this context, the book provides a theoretical framework for the relationship between urban heritage and securitization. Comparing case studies from cities in Angola, Bulgaria, Eritrea, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Suriname, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and the US the book reveals some of the key mechanisms that are used to regulate access to heritage sites around the world.

Providing a much-needed insight into the diverse challenges of securitization for access and urban heritage, Securing Urban Heritage should be essential reading for academics, students and practitioners from the fields of heritage and urban studies, architecture, art history, conservation, urban planning and urban geography.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Agents, Access, and Securitization of Urban Heritage Sites

Heike Oevermann and Eszter Gantner

Part One: Multiplication of Agents

1. Community Involvement in Times of Social Insecurity

Christophe Foultier

2. Participatory Matters: Access, Migration, and Heritage in Berlin Museums

Katarzyna Puzon

3. Agents, Access, and Cultural Policies of Sharing in Kyoto City and Osaka

Olimpia Niglio

4. Urban Heritage, Communities, and Environmental Sustainability

Dennis Rodwell

Part Two: Technology, Heritage, and Access

5. Securitization through Digitalization and Visualization

Piotr Kuroczyński

6. Documenting Modernity Torben Kiepke and Hans Rudolf Meier

7. Urban Nuclear Reactors and the Security Theatre: The Making of Atomic Heritage in Chicago, Moscow and Stockholm

Anna Storm, Fredrik Krohn Andersson, and Egle Rindzevičiūt

Part Three: Securing Urban Heritage in Time and Space

8. Fences and Defences: Matters of Security in the City Park, Budapest

Juli Székely

9. Rewriting History: Interpreting Heritage in Saint Petersburg and Istanbul

    Ayse N. Erek and Eszter Gantner

10. Disregarding Youth Proposals: Intangible Heritage, Securitization and Soccer Fan Groups in México

    Ricardo Duarte Bajaña 

11. (Re)activated Heritage: Negotiating Socialist History in the Urban Space of Luanda

Nadine Siegert


Heike Oevermann and Eszter Gantner

About the Editors

Heike Oevermann is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in interdisciplinary in urban and heritage studies at the Georg Simmel-Center for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Germany.

Eszter Gantner is a postdoctoral researcher with a focus on urban history and heritage studies at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Heritage

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology