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Politics of Scale: New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies

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Politics of Scale

New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies

Edited by Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Suzie Thomas, and Yujie Zhu

190 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-016-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2019)

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Critical Heritage Studies is a new and fast-growing interdisciplinary field of study seeking to explore power relations involved in the production and meaning-making of cultural heritage. Politics of Scale offers a global, multi- and interdisciplinary point of view to the scaled nature of heritage, and provides a theoretical discussion on scale as a social construct and a method in Critical Heritage Studies. The international contributors provide examples and debates from a range of diverse countries, discuss how heritage and scale interact in current processes of heritage meaning-making, and explore heritage-scale relationship as a domain of politics.

Tuuli Lähdesmäki is an Academy Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä (JYU), Finland. Lähdesmäki specializes in heritage, culture, and identity politics particularly in the European context.

Suzie Thomas is Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is interested in non-professional and so-called alternative engagements with cultural heritage, ‘dark’ heritage and heritage crime.

Yujie Zhu is a Lecturer in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. His research focuses on heritage, tourism, memory, religious practices and cultural politics.

Subject: Heritage Studies Museum Studies


List of Figures and Tables

David C. Harvey and Ali Mozaffari

Introduction: Heritage and Scale
Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Yujie Zhu and Suzie Thomas


Chapter 1. Politics of Scale: Cultural Heritage in China
Yujie Zhu

Chapter 2. The ‘European Significance’ of Heritage: Politics of Scale in EU Heritage Policy Discourse
Tuuli Lähdesmäki and Katja Mäkinen

Chapter 3. The Dynamics of Scale in Digital Heritage Cultures
Rhiannon Bettivia and Elizabeth Stainforth


Chapter 4. Managed Landscapes: The Social Construction of Scale at Angkor
Rowena Butland

Chapter 5. The Politics of Border Heritage: EU’s Cross-Border Cooperation as Scalar Politics in the Spanish-Portuguese Border
María Lois

Chapter 6. Broadening the Scope of Heritage: The Concept of Cultural Environment and Scalar Relations in Finnish Cultural
Environment Policy
Satu Kähkönen and Tuuli Lähdesmäki


Chapter 7. Locals, Incomers, Tourists and Gold Diggers: Space, Politics and the ‘Dark Heritage’ Legacy of the Second World War in Finnish Lapland
Suzie Thomas

Chapter 8. Becoming Mediterranean: The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Klapa Singing in Identity-Building and Nation-Branding
Eni Buljubašić and Tuuli Lähdesmäki

Chapter 9. Tuning in to Radio Heritage in Newfoundland
Michael Windover and Hilary Grant

Afterword: The Politics of Scale for Intangible Cultural Heritage: Identification, Ownership and Representation
Kristin Kuutma

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