By Helaine Silverman (auth.), Helaine Silverman (eds.)
Cultural background is fabric – tangible and intangible – that indicates a culture’s background or legacy. It has turn into a venue for contestation, ranging in scale from protesting to violently claimed and destroyed. yet who defines what's to be preserved and what's to be erased? As cultural historical past turns into more and more major internationally, the variety of concerns for serious research and, confidently, mediation, come up. the problem stems from a number of teams: spiritual, ethnic, nationwide, political, and others come jointly to say, applicable, use, exclude, or erase markers and manifestations in their personal and others’ cultural historical past as a method for saying, protecting, or denying serious claims to energy, land, and legitimacy. Can cultural history be good controlled and promoted whereas whilst stored inside parameters to be able to minimize contestation? The instances herein rage from Greece, Spain, Egypt, the united kingdom, Syria, Zimbabwe, Italy, the Balkans, Bénin, and valuable America.
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8. 9. Contested Cultural Heritage: A Selective Historiography 35 Museum History Journal (founded in 2008). , the paradigm shift discussed by Harrison (1993) and Anderson (2004b). The literature on museums is by now so vast (including publications by ICOM and UNESCO) that it exceeds the purview and possibilities of this chapter. Other prominent examples of contested heritage in the museum include: Anderson and Reeves 1994; Clifford 1997; Crooke 2001; Dubin 1999b; Henderson and Kaeppler 1997; Holo 1999; Luke 2002; Price 2007; Simpson 1996; Stanworth 1994; Zolberg 1996.
Bender, Barbara, and Margot Winer, eds. 2001. Contested landscapes: Movement, exile and place. Oxford, MA: Berg. Bennett, Tony 1995. The birth of the museum. History, theory, politics. London: Routledge. 2004. Pasts beyond memory. Evolution, museums, colonialism. London: Routledge. Bernbeck, Reinhard, and Susan Pollock 1996. Ayodhya, archaeology and identity. Current Anthropology 37(Supplement):S138–S142. 1 Contested Cultural Heritage: A Selective Historiography 37 Bernhardsson, Magnus T. 2005.
It is intimately bound up with competition for land use, and struggle for urban space. Whether by attraction or repulsion it is shaped by changes in technology. It takes on quite different meanings in different national cultures, depending on the relationship of the state and civil society, the openness or otherwise of the public arena to initiatives which come from below or from the periphery” (2008:287). Istanbul is an excellent example of the political aspects of heritage. The city has been a microcosm of Turkey’s ethnic mixing for centuries.