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.

Introduction

Introduction
Introduction
Yudhishthir RajIsar, Dacia, Viejo-Rose and Helmut K., Anheier

The concepts of identity and heritage long antedate the conjoined usage of these terms today. In the past, identity referred not to self-consciousness but to likeness, and heritage was mainly a matter of family legacies. In the present, these terms swim in a self-congratulatory swamp of collective memory. Heritage is now that with which we all individually or collectively identify. It is considered the rightful (though sometimes unwelcome) legacy of every distinct people. (Lowenthal 1994: 41)

Rationale

The relationships between cultures, cultural change and globalization remain inadequately understood. Often reduced to the seemingly one-way impact of globalization processes on the world's cultures, these relationships, and the changes they involve, are in reality reciprocal and far more complex and multifaceted: ...

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