anheier an raj isar on culture and human rights in heritage and memory


Helmut K Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (eds), Cultures and Globalization: Heritage, Memory and Identity (SAGE, 2011).

Heritage, memory and identity are closely connected keywords of our time, each endowed with considerable rhetorical power. Different human groups define certain objects and practices as ‘heritage’; they envision heritage to reflect some form of collective memory, either lived or imagined; and they combine both to construct cultural identities. Today, the three terms raise conjoined issues of practice, policy and politics in an increasingly globalized world.

Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.


Foreword: Pierre Nora

Introduction: Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Dacia Viejo-Rose and Helmut Anheier


The Role of Narratives in Commemoration: Remembering as Mediated Action: James Wertsch and Doc Billingsley

UNESCO and Heritage: Global Doctrine and the Economy of Prestige: Yudhishthir Raj Isar

Destruction and Reconstruction of Heritage: Impacts on Memory and Identity: Dacia Viejo-Rose

The Political Economies of Heritage: Tim Winter

Unsettling the National: Heritage and Diaspora: Ien Ang

Territorialization and the Politics of Autochthony: Jean-Pierre Warnier

Grassroots Memorials as Sites of Heritage Creation : Cristina Sánchez Carretero and Carmen Ortiz

Sites of Conscience: Heritage of and for Human Rights: Liz Ševenko

‘Not Just a Place’: Culture and the Environment: Benjamin Morris


Living Sacred Heritage and ‘Authenticity’ in South Asia: Jagath Weerasinghe

A Contested Site of Memory: The Preah Vihear Temple: Aurel Croissant and Paul Wesley Chambers

Memory and Identity as Elements of Heritage Tourism in Southern Africa : Susan Keitumetse, Laura McAtackney and Gobopaone Senata

Multiple Heritages, Multiple Identities: The Southwest Indian Ocean: Rosabelle Boswell

Remembering and Forgetting Communist Cultural Production: Dragan Klaic

Post-Socialist Recollections: Identity and Memory in Former Yugoslavia: Zala Volcic

Contemporary Creativity and Heritage: Lucina Jiménez Lopéz


The Manipulation of Memory and Heritage in Museums of Migration: Julie Thomas

Heritage, Memory, Debris: Sulukule, Don’t Forget: Asu Aksoy and Kevin Robins

Knowing the City: Migrants Negotiating Materialiteis in Istanbul: Yael Navaro-Yashin

Divided Memories, Contested Histories: The Shifting Landscape in Japan: Akiko Hashimoto

Memorialization and the Rwandan Genocide: The Use of Theatre: Ananda Breed

Narrating Shared Identity: Brian Schiff, Carolina Porto de Andrade and Mathilde Toulemonde

Listening Voices: On Actualizing Memories: Esther Shalev-Gerz


Intangibles: Culture, Heritage and Identity: Henrietta L Moore

From the Tower of Babel to the Ivory Tower: David Lowenthal


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