Politics, Policy And The Discourses Of Heritage In Britain

Hardcover | December 15, 2010

byEmma Waterton

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This book offers a critique of the dominant conceptualization of heritage found in policy, which tends to privilege the white, middle and upper classes. Using Britain as an illustration, Waterton explores how and why recent policies continue to lean towards the predictable melding of cultural diversity with tendencies of assimilation.

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This book offers a critique of the dominant conceptualization of heritage found in policy, which tends to privilege the white, middle and upper classes. Using Britain as an illustration, Waterton explores how and why recent policies continue to lean towards the predictable melding of cultural diversity with tendencies of assimilation.

EMMA WATERTON is a Lecturer in Social Science at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Her research is largely prompted by an interest in the tensions that exist between elite discourses and alternative constructions of heritage, memory and identity. Publications include the co-authored volume (with Laurajane Smith) Heritage, C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.85 × 5.62 × 0.86 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230581889

ISBN - 13:9780230581883

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Critical Discourse Analysis and Cultural Policy
Heritage in the Wider World
The Discursive Blueprint: A History of Heritage Policy
New Labour, New Heritage?
On Being Radical: The Heritage Protection Reform
Turning the Trick by Itself: The Historic Environment and ‘Community Cohesion’
Conclusion
Appendices
Notes
References
Index

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'The diversity of contemporary societies, Britain among them, raises pressing and profound questions concerning social inclusion and exclusion and the dangers of equating multiculturalism and plurality with assimilation. Politics, Policy and the Discourses of Heritage in Britain, with its timely and carefully nuanced call for more complex narratives and representations of heritage as a medium of cultural policy, is essential reading for academics and policy-makers concerned with the ways in which heritage can both impede but also articulate the realisation of diverse and plural societies.'- Brian Graham, Emeritus Professor of Human Geography, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland