World heritage

Donnachie, Ian (2009). World heritage. In: Harrison, Rodney ed. Understanding the Politics of Heritage. Understanding Global Heritage. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 115–153.



Provides and overview of World Heritage, its political and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in identifying and listing sites, It discusses the major conventions and protocols, and shows how World Heritage expanded from cultural to natural sites embracing landscapes, intangible and industrial heritages. Case studies includes Edinburgh and Bath as World heritage sites, New Lanark as industrial heritage, and the Tarragona archaeological and historical ensemble as a driver of economic change. It shows how Eurocentric and pro-western views are promoting more representative heritages than the previous canon encompassed.

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