Pluralising Pasts

Pluralising Pasts : Heritage, Identity and Place in Multicultural Societies

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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 now heritage is big business and how it is used to encourage people to identify with particular places and 'traditions', now it is entangled with capitalism. Examining a range of questions, including the way contemporary societies use heritage in the creation and management of collective identities, and how heritage is involved with the complexities of multicultural societies.

As resources are poured into heritage and questions of identity enter into public discourse, this book shows how the heritage industry is used politically and commercially to shape the ways people represent themselves, and are represented, in diverse and hybrid societies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 13.97mm | 308.44g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 figs, 25 photographs
  • 0745322859
  • 9780745322858
  • 627,152

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Table of contents

List of figures


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


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About G. J. Ashworth

Gregory Ashworth was Professor of Heritage Management at the University of Groningen. He was the author of Pluralising Pasts (Pluto, 2007). Brian Graham is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Ulster. He is the author of Pluralising Pasts (Pluto, 2007). John Tunbridge is Professor Emertitus in Geography and Environmental Studies department at Carleton University, Ottawa. He is co-author of Pluralising Pasts (Pluto, 2007).
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