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World Heritage on the Ground Ethnographic Perspectives by Christoph Brumann

World Heritage on the Ground Ethnographic Perspectives

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World Heritage on the Ground Ethnographic Perspectives by Christoph Brumann

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention of 1972 set the contemporary standard for cultural and natural conservation. Today, a place on the World Heritage List is much sought after for tourism promotion, development funding, and national prestige. Presenting case studies from across the globe, particularly from Africa and Asia, anthropologists with situated expertise in specific World Heritage sites explore the consequences of the World Heritage framework and the global spread of the UNESCO heritage regime. This book shows how local and national circumstances interact with the global institutional framework in complex and unexpected ways. Often, the communities around World Heritage sites are constrained by these heritage regimes rather than empowered by them.


This is a useful volume, providing much needed case studies while remaining clearly focused and thought provoking. * Marie Louise Stig Sorensen, Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge This volume will be appreciated for its rich case studies, which develop a comparative understanding of heritage impacts -- a crucial task for the interdisciplinary field of heritage studies. * Regina F. Bendix, European Ethnology, University of Gottingen International experts and national representatives hold the most sway in defining World Heritage sites and their likely social impact. This book focuses precisely on how such definitions of heritage are objectified and circulate in public usage. * Michael Rowlands, Department of Anthropology, University College London

About the Author

Christoph Brumann is Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, and Honorary Professor of Anthropology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. David Berliner is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Universite libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

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Publication date

30th April 2015


Christoph Brumann

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Berghahn Books


336 pages


Museology & heritage studies



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