Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations breaks new ground in our understanding of the challenges faced by heritage practitioners and researchers in the contemporary world of mass migration, where people encounter new cultural heritage and relocate their own. It focuses particularly on issues affecting archaeological heritage sites and artefacts, which help determine and maintain social identity, a role problematised when populations are in flux. This diverse and authoritative collection brings together international specialists to discuss socio-political and ethical implications for the management of archaeological heritage in global society.

With contributions by authors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including archaeologists, philosophers, cultural historians and custodians of cultural heritage, the volume explores a rich mix of contrasting, yet complementary, viewpoints and approaches. Among the topics discussed are the relations between culture and identity; the potentialities of museums and monuments to support or subvert a people’s sense of who they are; and how cultural heritage has been used to bring together communities containing people of different origins and traditions, yet without erasing or blurring their distinctive cultural features.

Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations is a crucial text for archaeologists, curators, policymakers and others working in the heritage field, as well as for philosophers, political scientists and other readers interested in the links between immigration and cultural heritage.


part I|76 pages

Things ‘r’ us

chapter 4|13 pages

Foreign and native soils

Migrants and the uses of landscape

chapter 5|18 pages

Changing demographics and cultural heritage in Northern Europe

Transforming narratives and identifying obstacles: a case study from Oslo, Norway

chapter 6|17 pages

Lasting value?

Engaging with the material traces of America’s undocumented migration “problem”

part II|57 pages

Memory, migrants and museums

chapter 7|21 pages

Concord migrations

chapter 8|18 pages

Affiliative reterritorialization

The Manco Capac monument and the Japanese community in Peru

part III|99 pages

Cultural heritage as an agent of integration

chapter 10|18 pages

What is cross-cultural heritage?

Challenges in identifying the heritage of globalized citizens

chapter 11|13 pages

The uses of heroes

Justice, Alexander, and the Macedonian naming dispute

chapter 12|17 pages

Archaeological heritage and migration

Well-being, place, citizenship and the social

chapter 13|16 pages

‘Everybody’s different – and yet we’re all the same’

A transcultural project in a multicultural class

chapter 14|17 pages

The place of the migrant

Heritage and ethics in the transnational space of a Sydney park

chapter 15|16 pages

Sharing history

Migration, integration and a post-heritage future