Heritage represents the meanings and representations conveyed in the present day upon artifacts, landscapes, mythologies, memories and traditions from the past. It is a key element in the shaping of identities, particularly in the context of increasingly multicultural societies. This Research Companion brings together an international team of authors to discuss the concepts, ideas and practices that inform the entwining of heritage and identity. They have assembled a wide geographical range of examples and interpret them through a number of disciplinary lenses that include geography, history, museum and heritage studies, archaeology, art history, history, anthropology and media studies. This outstanding companion offers scholars and graduate students a thoroughly up-to-date guide to current thinking and a comprehensive reference to this growing field.
'...a comprehensive, authoritative review of current research addressing the role of heritage in identity formation...appropriately illustrated, referenced, and indexed. Recommended...' Choice '...topical, incisive, friendly, informed, and sensible.' Reference Reviews 'This is the book that we have been waiting for! This Research Companion is destined to find its way onto the shelves of scholarly libraries, academics and postgraduates.' Geographical Research 'The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity covers a vast terrain, both in terms of its thematic context and case study material, as well as in the commendable blend of disciplinary perspectives represented. All of this ensures that it succeeds in providing a thorough and comprehensive guide to what is an increasingly important field of inquiry.' Irish Geography ’Heritage and Identity is a valuable and timely contribution to the heritage field, it not only brings to the fore new and challenging directions of study, but also pays a very positive tribute to the clarification of its analytical and theoretical frameworks.’ Museum and Society