The heritage industry is big business. From museums and the preservation of old buildings to broader questions of community and identity, heritage is now a political issue. This book explores what heritage means and how it is used to encourage people to identify with particular places and 'traditions'. The authors show how contemporary societies use heritage in the creation and management of collective identities and, most especially, the different ways in which it is involved with the questions of multicultural societies. The resources that are poured into heritage mean that questions of identity are widely discussed at a policy level: what does it mean to be American or British, or a minority in any society? This book shows how heritage is used politically and commercially to shape the ways people represent themselves, and are represented, in diverse and hybrid societies.
Gregory Ashworth is Professor of Heritage Management at the University of Groningen. Brian Graham is a ful professor of Human geogrpahy at the Univeristy of ~Ulster. He is widely published on the culture and hiostory of geograhy of Ireland and Europe John Tunbridge is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa.
List of figures Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Heritage and Plurality Part I: The Conceptual Context 2. Culture and Plural Identities 3. Towards Pluralising Pasts: Theories and Concepts of Heritage 4. Place, Identity and Heritage Part II: A Typology of Plural Societies 5. Nature and Types of Plural Society Part III: Heritage in Plural Societies 6. Heritage in Assimilation Models 7. Heritage in Melting Pot Models 8. Heritage in Core+ Models 9. Heritage in Pillar Models 10. Heritage in Salad Bowl Models 11. Conclusion: The Future of Pluralising the Past References Index