Heritage Studies and the Privileging of Theory

Timothy Winter

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Heritage studies is yet to have a debate about its theorisation at the global level. Many of the core ideas that shape the field are rooted in the contexts of Europe and the USA and geographically rolled out in normative ways. This paper argues it is important we embark on pluralising how heritage is studied and theoretically framed, in ways that better address the heterogeneous nature of heritage, for both the West and the non-West. The themes of modernity, cities and international cultural policy provide evidence of why we need to better position the academic study of heritage in relation to the rapid geo-political and geo-cultural shifts now taking place.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-572
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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