1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Heritage and Politics

    644 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Heritage and Politics surveys the intersection of heritage and politics today and helps elucidate the political implications of heritage practices. It explicitly addresses the political and analyses tensions and struggles over the distribution of power.

    Including contributions from early-career scholars and more established researchers, the Handbook provides global and interdisciplinary perspectives on the political nature, significance and consequence of heritage and the various practices of management and interpretation. Taking a broad view of heritage, which includes not just tangible and intangible phenomena, but the ways in which people and societies live with, embody, experience, value and use the past, the volume provides a critical survey of political tensions over heritage in diverse social and cultural contexts. Chapters within the book consider topics such as: neoliberal dynamics; terror and mobilisations of fear and hatred; old and new nationalisms; public policy; recognition; denials; migration and refugeeism; crises; colonial and decolonial practice; communities; self- and personhood; as well as international relations, geopolitics, soft power and cooperation to address global problems.

    The Routledge International Handbook of Heritage and Politics makes an intervention into the theoretical debate about the nature and role of heritage as a political resource. It is essential reading for academics and students working in heritage studies, museum studies, politics, memory studies, public history, geography, urban studies and tourism.


    PART I Introduction


    1.The Politics of Heritage

    Laurajane Smith, Christopher Whitehead, Gary Campbell and Gönül Bozoğlu


    2.We need a new way to talk about heritage and politics

    Rhiannon Mason


    PART II Forms of reconciliation, connection and mobilisation


    3. Heritage and/not hate

    Mads Daugbjerg


    4. The Heritage Politics of Hope

    Linda Norris and Braden Paynter


    5. Something Happened in Cowra: Comprehending the Heritage of War Commemoration Sites and Ceremonies through Stanley Cavell’s ‘Politics of Acknowledgment’.

    Darren Mitchell and Alison Starr


    6. From Intangible Culture Heritage to Political Symbol – A Study of Milk Tea, Emotions, and the Pan-Asian Pro-democratic Movement

    Veronica Sau-Wa Mak


    7. The Collective Impact on Heritage: Lessons from the Beirut October Uprising

    Nelly P. Abboud and Sarah Mady


    8. Cultural Heritage and Symbolic Power in Iraq’s Protest Movement

    Mehiyar Kathem


    PART III Politics from below: community, local and oppositional activism


    9. Heritage as white public space

    Denis Byrne


    10. The Politics of Heritage Instrumentalisation: A Comparative Study of Two Indigenous Cultural Villages in Malaysia 

    Yunci Cai


    11.Local Communities, Counter-Heritage, and Heritage Diversity: Experiences from Zimbabwe.

    Jesmael Mataga


    12. Preah Vihear and the Politics of Indigenous Heritage in Thailand

    Alisa Santikarn


    13. An anarchist imagination for critical heritage studies: Prefiguring equitable and sustainable futures in crofting and beyond

    Zoe Russell


    PART IV Populist and authoritarian politics


    14. ‘Are you (or could you be) Indigenous?’ A Perspective from Europe

    Ullrich Kockel


    15. Affect, Belonging and Political Uses of the Past in a Digitally Integrated Public Sphere

    David Farrell-Banks


    16. Trumpian Populism and Coal mining Heritage in Northeastern Pennsylvania

    V. Camille Westmont


    17. Heritage and Technocracy: The Polish “digital museum boom” and its impact on heritage practice

    Monika Stobiecka


    18. Brumbies, settler-colonial heritage, and the Wild Horse Heritage Act (2018): the politics of feral horse management in Australia

    Isa Menzies


    19. Fading Memory and Inexistent Past: the concealed heritage of Stalin’s mass repression.

    Anna Gaynutidnova


    PART V Reconfiguring and unsettling heritage symbols


    20. Making Worlds of the Past: the interdependency of heritage representation and geopolitical entities

    Christopher Whitehead


    21. Queering National Heritage Myths

    Kris Reid


    22. Must Gandhi also Fall? Reassembling #BlackLivesMatter’s Translocal Activism and Urban Fallist Movements.

    Sarah John von Zydowitz and Helena Cermeño


    23. ‘Am I doing it well enough?’: Roma, racialised heritage, and politics of (self-) representation in postsocialist Bulgaria

    Ivo Strahilov


    24. Changing Approaches to Turkey’s Byzantine Heritage: The Contexts of the 10th and the 24th International Congresses of Byzantine Studies

    Barış Altan



    PART VI Heritage and the negotiation of place


    25. The Heritage Politics of One Man’s Living Room

    Gönül Bozoğlu


    26. “Don’t tell us we’re not Cuban!” How political nostalgia makes Miami and Miami makes nostalgia political.

    Sjamme van de Voort


    27. Nation-space and the transtemporal woodlands: The politics of the past in the heritagised narratives on forests in 21st century Finland

    Heidi Henriikka Mäkelä and Heidi Henriikka Mäkelä & Hannu Linkola


    28. Representations and resignification of a public monument.
    The social struggles over monuments after the Social Outbreak in Santiago de Chile.

    Isabel Donetch


    29. Searching for brave spaces through decolonial heritage activism 

    Johanna Turunen


    PART VII The politics of urban transformation


    30. The Gentrification of Working-Class Heritage in Lowell, Massachusetts

    Kevin Coffee


    31. Neoliberal times and urban heritage: sustainable preservation in the Monumenta Program in Brazil

    Ana Clara Giannecchini and Elane Ribeiro Peixoto


    32. Space, Politics, Heritage: Engaging in a Political Geography of Heritagisation

    M. Lois, H. Cairo, S. González-García and S. González-Iturraspe


    33. A Four-Hundred-Metre Walk: or how political choices may or may not transform a post-industrial landscape into a highly valuable social and ecological fabric.

    Gisèle Gantois


    34. The Battle for Belgrade’s Historic Riverfront: Citizen Resistance to Radical Urban Changes 

    Sanja Iguman and Neil Galway


    35. ‘Building a new world in the shell of the old’. Historic building squats and heritage commons. The case of Rosa Nera at Chania, Crete

    Stelios Lekakis



    PART VIII Heritage Policy, UNESCO and resistance


    36. Saving the World: Heritage Politics at UNESCO

    Lynn Meskell


    37. Dance, Moving Identities, and The Political Economy of Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Filip Petkovski


    38. Diplomatic heritage: The involvement of the World Monuments Fund in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cuzco, Peru.

    Pablo García


    39. Indigenous peoples heritage and democratisation processes: from monumentalisation to participation in Peruvian cultural policy.

    Marta Kania


    40. The Politics of Space Heritage: Colonising and Exploiting the Final Frontier

    Lauren O’Kill and Bryony Onciul





    Gönül Bozoğlu is a lecturer in museum and heritage studies at the University of St Andrews, UK.

    Gary Campbell is an Australian-based independent researcher with a primary research interest in industrial heritage, deindustrialization and the politics of memory and nostalgia.

    Laurajane Smith is the director of the Centre of Heritage and Museum Studies, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, the Australian National University.

    Christopher Whitehead is a professor of museology and dean of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle University, UK.