This volume explores the process of heritage making and its relation to the production of touristic places, examining several case studies around the world. Most existing literature on heritage and tourism centers either on its managerial aspects, the tourist experience, or issues related to inequality and identity politics. This volume instead establishes theoretical links between analyses of heritage and the production and reproduction of places in the context of the global tourist trade.
The approach adopted here is to explore the production of heritage as a complex process shaped by local and global discourses that can have a deep impact on several policies and legislations. Heritage itself has now become not only a global discourse, but also a global practice, which may eventually lead to the use of heritage as a field for hegemony. From these perspectives, heritage making may be incorporated in the world economy, mainly through the global tourism trade. The chapters in this book stress the need for identifying the intrinsic political implications of these processes, relocating their study in political, economic and social settings. Combined with a diversified set of theoretical approaches and research methods, guided by a common thematic rationale, The Making of Heritage is at the forefront of current debates about heritage.
Introduction: Of Seduction and Disenchantment: An Approach to the Heritage Process Camila del Mármol, Marc Morell and Jasper Chalcraft 1. Metaculture and its Malcontents: World Heritage in Southwestern Libya Jasper Chalcraft 2. Buddhist Circuits and Worlding Practices in North India David Geary 3. Seductions and Disenchantments in the Making of an Ecomuseum Cristina Grasseni 4. Imprisoning Ethnic Heritage in French Guiana: The Seduction of a Penal Colony Bernard Cherubini 5. Indigenous Crafts, Political Re-enchantment and the Rationale of Heritage Making in Costa Rica Julien Laverdure 6. Mexico for Sale: The Manipulation of Cultural Heritage for Tourism Purposes: The Case of the Xcaret Night Show Rafael Guerrero-Rodríguez 7. Feeding Disenchantment: On the Heritage Intricacies of Cookery Books and the Olive Oil Festival in Malta Elise Billiard 8. Tourism Values and the Becoming Ordinary of Heritage Marc Morell