Material Culture as History: Science and the International Ordering of Heritage Preservation

Timothy Winter

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In the last forty years or so heritage has emerged as an increasingly expansive, elastic and at times bland and contrived, sphere of public history. As the academic dialogue around heritage has evolved, valuable studies have investigated the complex relations between material culture and the cultural sector institutions that curate the cultural past, and the production of social memory or collective identities at the scale of the nation‐state. Less attention however has been given to understanding the ways in which heritage and the ethos to preserve the past has been an important component to the story of globalisation over the last one hundred and fifty years or so. This chapter picks up this theme, examining how cultural heritage has formed as an arena of public history at that international level via the interaction between particular modes of expert knowledge and the wider political economies within which these have formed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Public History
EditorsDavid Dean
Place of PublicationHoboken
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118508923
ISBN (Print)9781118508947
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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