Heritage in Action
In this textbook we see heritage in action in indigenous and vernacular communities, in urban development and regeneration schemes, in expressions of community, in acts of nostalgia and memorialization and counteracts of forgetting, in museums and other spaces of representation, in tourism, in the offices of those making public policy, and in the politics of identity and claims toward cultural property.
Whether renowned or local, tangible or intangible, the entire heritage enterprise, at whatever scale, is by now inextricably embedded in “value”.
The global context requires a sanguine approach to heritage in which the so-called critical stance is not just theorized in a rarefied sphere of scholarly lexical gymnastics, but practically engaged and seen to be doing things in the world.
Highlights the dynamic processes of heritage, emphasizing that heritage is always in actionPresents multiple communities of heritage, often self-defining themselves on the basis of the "work" that heritage does for themEmphasizes revealing and theorizing the work that heritage does and its linkage to the de-romanticization of heritage as a cultural phenomenon that actively involves people in its production and meaning