The Routledge International Handbook of Heritage and Politics surveys the intersection of heritage and politics today and helps elucidate the political implications of heritage practices. It explicitly addresses the political and analyses tensions and struggles over the distribution of power.

Including contributions from early-career scholars and more established researchers, the Handbook provides global and interdisciplinary perspectives on the political nature, significance and consequence of heritage and the various practices of management and interpretation. Taking a broad view of heritage, which includes not just tangible and intangible phenomena, but the ways in which people and societies live with, embody, experience, value and use the past, the volume provides a critical survey of political tensions over heritage in diverse social and cultural contexts. Chapters within the book consider topics such as: neoliberal dynamics; terror and mobilisations of fear and hatred; old and new nationalisms; public policy; recognition; denials; migration and refugeeism; crises; colonial and decolonial practice; communities; self- and personhood; as well as international relations, geopolitics, soft power and cooperation to address global problems.

The Routledge International Handbook of Heritage and Politics makes an intervention into the theoretical debate about the nature and role of heritage as a political resource. It is essential reading for academics and students working in heritage studies, museum studies, politics, memory studies, public history, geography, urban studies and tourism.

part II|68 pages

Forms of reconciliation, connection, and mobilisation

chapter 3|3 pages

Heritage and/not hate

chapter 5|17 pages

37Something happened in Cowra

Comprehending the heritage of war commemoration sites and ceremonies through Stanley Cavell's “politics of acknowledgment”

chapter 6|17 pages

From intangible culture heritage to political symbol

A study of milk tea, emotions, and the Pan-Asian pro-democratic movement

chapter 7|13 pages

The collective impact on heritage

Lessons from the Beirut October Uprising

part III|75 pages

Politics from below: community, local, and oppositional activism

chapter 9|5 pages

Heritage as white public space

chapter 10|16 pages

The politics of heritage instrumentalisation

A comparative study of two Indigenous cultural villages in Malaysia

chapter 11|19 pages

Local communities, counter-heritage, and heritage diversity

Experiences from Zimbabwe

chapter 13|17 pages

An anarchist imagination for critical heritage studies

Prefiguring equitable and sustainable futures in crofting and beyond

part IV|95 pages

Populist and authoritarian politics

chapter 14|6 pages

“Are you (or could you be) indigenous?”

A perspective from europe

chapter 17|18 pages

Heritage and technocracy

The conservative modernisation on the example of the Polish “digital museum boom”

chapter 18|15 pages

Brumbies, settler-colonial heritage and anxieties of belonging

The politics of feral horse management in Australia

chapter 19|18 pages

Fading memory and the inexistent past

The concealed heritage of Stalin's mass repression

part V|78 pages

Reconfiguring and unsettling heritage symbols

chapter 20|6 pages

Making worlds of the past

The interdependency of heritage representation and geopolitical entities

chapter 21|17 pages

Queering national heritage myths

chapter 23|17 pages

‘Am I doing it well enough?’

Roma, racialised heritage, and politics of (self-)representation in postsocialist Bulgaria

chapter 24|19 pages

Changing approaches to Turkey's Byzantine heritage

The contexts of the 10th and the 24th International Congresses of Byzantine Studies

part VI|65 pages

Heritage and the negotiation of place

chapter 26|12 pages

“Don't tell us we're not Cuban!”

How political nostalgia makes Miami and Miami makes nostalgia political

chapter 27|18 pages

Nation-space and the transtemporal woodlands

The politics of the past in the heritagised narratives on forests in twenty-first century Finland

chapter 28|18 pages

Representations and resignification of a public monument

The social struggles over monuments after the social outbreak in Santiago de Chile

part VII|117 pages

The politics of urban transformation

chapter 31|16 pages

Neoliberal times and urban heritage

Sustainable preservation in the monumenta program in Brazil

chapter 32|20 pages

Space, politics, heritage

Engaging in a political geography of heritagisation

chapter 33|21 pages

A four-hundred-metre walk

Or how political choices may or may not transform a post-industrial landscape into a highly valuable social and ecological fabric

chapter 34|16 pages

The battle for Belgrade's historic riverfront

Citizen resistance to radical urban changes

chapter 35|23 pages

‘Building a new world in the shell of the old’

Historic building squats and heritage commons. The case of Rosa Nera at Chania, Crete

part VIII|77 pages

Heritage Policy, UNESCO and resistance

chapter 36|3 pages

Saving the world

Heritage politics at UNESCO

chapter 38|16 pages

Diplomatic heritage

The involvement of the World Monuments Fund in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cuzco, Peru 1

chapter 39|18 pages

Indigenous peoples' heritage and democratisation processes

From monumentalisation to participation in Peruvian cultural policy

chapter 40|20 pages

The politics of space heritage

Colonising and exploiting the final frontier