1st Edition

The Routledge Research Companion to Heritage and Identity

By Peter Howard, Brian Graham Copyright 2008

    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.

    Introduction Heritage and Identity, Graham Brian, Howard Peter; Part I The Context of Heritage and Identity; Chapter 1 The History of Heritage, C. Harvey David; Chapter 2 Heritage, Memory and Identity, McDowell Sara; Chapter 3 Personal and Public Histories: Issues in the Presentation of the Past, Kean Hilda; Part II Markers of Heritage and Identity; Chapter 4 ‘Natural’ Landscapes in the Representation of National Identity, R. Olwig Kenneth; Chapter 5 Heritage and ‘Race’, Littler Jo; Chapter 6 ‘We Are Here, Yet We Are Not Here’: The Heritage of Excluded Groups, Buciek Keld, Juul Kristine; Chapter 7 The Contestation of Heritage: The Enduring Importance of Religion, P.B. Singh Rana; Chapter 8 Heritage from Below: Class, Social Protest and Resistance, J.M. Robertson Iain; Chapter 9 Heritage, Gender and Identity, Smith Laurajane; Part III Practices of Heritage and Identity; Chapter 10 The Communication of Heritage: Creating Place Identities, Groote Peter, Haartsen Tialda; Chapter 11 Place, Naming and the Interpretation of Cultural Landscapes, H. Alderman Derek; Chapter 12 Commemoration of War, Gough Paul; Chapter 13 The Memorialization of Violence and Tragedy: Human Trauma as Heritage, G.J. Ashworth; Chapter 14 Conservation and Restoration in Built Heritage: A Western European Perspective, Hernández Martínez Ascensión; Chapter 15 Heritage Tourism: Conflicting Identities in the Modern World, Benjamin W. Porter; Chapter 16 Museums and the Representation of Identity, McLean Fiona; Part IV The Challenges of a Postmodern and Post-Colonial World; Chapter 17 Plural and Multicultural Heritages, John E. Tunbridge; Chapter 18 Heritage Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, Monika A. Murzyn; Chapter 19 The Heritage of Post-colonial Societies, Sabine Marschall; Chapter 20 The Contestation of Heritage: The Colonizer and the Colonized in Australia, Roy Jones, Christina Birdsall-Jones; Chapter 21 The Heritage of Mundane Places, David Atkinson; Chapter 22 New Museologies and the Ecomuseum, Peter Davis; Chapter 23 An Exploration of the Connections among Museums, Community and Heritage, Elizabeth Crooke; Chapter 24 European Landscapes: Heritage, Participation and Local Communities, Krauss Werner; Chapter 25 Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights, William S. Logan;


    Brian Graham is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Ulster, UK. Peter Howard is Visiting Professor of Cultural Landscape at Bournemouth University, UK.

    '...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