Living In A World Heritage Site: Ethnography Of Houses And Daily Life In The Fez Medina by Manon IstasseLiving In A World Heritage Site: Ethnography Of Houses And Daily Life In The Fez Medina by Manon Istasse

Living In A World Heritage Site: Ethnography Of Houses And Daily Life In The Fez Medina

byManon Istasse

Hardcover | July 16, 2019

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Through a thick ethnography of the Fez medina in Morocco, a World Heritage site since 1981, Manon Istasse interrogates how human beings come to define houses as heritage. Istasse interrogates how heritage appears (or not) when inhabitants undertake construction and restoration projects in their homes, furnish and decorate their spaces, talk about their affective and sensual relations with houses, face conflicts in and about their houses, and more. Shedding light on the continuum between houses-as-dwellings and houses-as-heritage, the author establishes heritage as a trajectory: heritage as a quality results from a 'surplus of attention' and relates to nostalgia or to a feeling of threat, loss, and disappearance; to values related to purity, materiality, and time; and to actions of preservation and transmission.Living in a World Heritagesite provides a grammar of heritage that will allow scholars to question key notions of temporality and nostalgia, the idea of culture, the importance of experts, and moral principles in relation to heritage sites around the globe.

Manon Istasse is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie de Mondes Contemporains (LAMC) at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Title:Living In A World Heritage Site: Ethnography Of Houses And Daily Life In The Fez MedinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:293 pagesPublished:July 16, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030174506

ISBN - 13:9783030174507


Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations.
List of Pictures.
Chapter 1: Introduction.
1.1 Theoretical Appetizer
1.1.1 Anthropology, Urbanity, and Houses
1.1.2 Anthropology and Cultural Heritage
1.2 Book Starter
1.2.1 What This Book is About
1.2.2 Methodology and Epistemology
Chapter 2: Fez.
2.1 History of Fez
2.2 Inhabitants in the Fez Medina
2.3 Cultural Heritage in Morocco and Fez
2.3.1 The Protectorate Period (1912-1957)
2.3.2 The World Heritage Nomination
2.3.3 UNESCO: A Visible Absence
2.3.4 Definitions of Heritage
2.4 Tourism in Morocco and Fez
2.4.1 Tourism in Fez
2.5 Various Forms of Heritage in Fez
2.5.1 Heritage as an Object to Preserve
2.5.2 Heritage as an Object of Research
2.5.3 Heritage as a Definition and a Category
2.5.4 Legal Heritage
2.5.5 Heritage as Development Tool
2.5.6 Heritage as a Label
Part I: Houses in Fez: A Materialist Approach.
Chapter 3: Undertaking Work in a House.
3.1 A First Glimpse at Houses
3.2 Construction Work
3.3 Qualifications of the Construction Work
3.4 Principles in Construction Work
3.5 Institutions Responsible for the Construction Work
3.6 Work Permits
3.7 Bypassing the Rules
3.8 Construction Work as a Learning Process
Chapter 4: Furnishing and Decorating a House.
4.1 Styles of Furnishing
4.2 Principles of Furnishing and Decoration
4.3 Judgments and Taste
4.3.1 Criteria for Taste
4.3.2 Taste and Distinction 
Chapter 5: Intimacy, Hospitality and Tradition in Tourist Accommodation.
5.1 Why Open a Tourist Accommodation
5.2 Intimacy and Privacy
5.3 Hospitality
5.4 Tradition
5.5 Conclusion of the First Part
Part II: Attachment to Houses: Home and Heritage.
Chapter 6: Sensual, Affective, and Cognitive Relations with Houses.
6.1 Sensual Relations with Houses
6.1.1 Physical Senses in Fez
6.1.2 Sensual Perception, Skills and Reflexivity
6.2 Affective Relations with Houses
6.2.1 Affects in Fez
6.2.2 Affects, Anthropology, and Heritage
6.3 Cognitive Relations with Houses: Experts, Non-experts, and Autodidacts
7.3.1 Professional Experts
7.3.2 Autodidact Experts
7.3.3 Non-experts
7.3.4 Expertise
Chapter 7: From Conflicts to the Attachment to Houses.
7.1 Contentious Relations with Houses
7.1.1 Conflicts in Fez
7.1.2 Justifications
7.2 Qualification of Houses
7.2.1 Qualities of Houses
7.2.2 The Heritage Quality
7.2.3 Qualities and Heritage
7.3 Attachment to Houses
Part III: Heritage in Fez.
Chapter 8: Heritage: Forms, Grammar, and Circulation.
8.1 Various Forms of Heritage in Fez
8.2 The Heritage of Grammar
8.3 Circulation and Anchorage of Heritage
8.3.1 Anchorage and Localisation
8.3.2 Circulation of Heritage
8.3.3 Local and Global
8.4 Conclusion
Chapter 9: Conclusion.