Relying on the concept of a shared history, this book argues that we can speak of a shared heritage that is common in terms of the basic grammar of heritage and articulated histories, but divided alongside the basic difference between colonizers and colonized. This problematic is also evident in contemporary uses of the past. The last decades were crucial to the emergence of new debates: subcultures, new identities, hidden voices and multicultural discourse as a kind of new hegemonic platform also involving concepts of heritage and/or memory. Thereby we can observe a proliferation of heritage agents, especially beyond the scope of the nation state. This volume gets beyond a container vision of heritage that seeks to construct a diachronical continuity in a given territory. Instead, authors point out the relational character of heritage focusing on transnational and translocal flows and interchanges of ideas, concepts, and practices, as well as on the creation of contact zones where the meaning of heritage is negotiated and contested. Exploring the relevance of the politics of heritage and the uses of memory in the consolidation of these nation states, as well as in the current disputes over resistances, hidden memories, undermined pasts, or the politics of nostalgia, this book seeks to seize the local/global dimensions around heritage.

chapter |12 pages


The uses of heritage and the postcolonial condition in Latin America

chapter 1|24 pages

On the advantage and disadvantage of heritage for Latin America

Heritage politics and nostalgia between coloniality and indigeneity

chapter 2|10 pages

¡Mexicanos al grito de guerra! 1

How the himno nacional became part of Mexico's heritage

chapter 3|22 pages

Making heritage – the materialization of the state and the expediency of music

The case of the cuarteto característico in Córdoba, Argentina

chapter 4|18 pages

Is Spanish our language?

Alfonso Reyes and the policies of language in postrevolutionary Mexico

chapter 5|22 pages

Cultural management and neoliberal governmentality

The participation of Perú in the exhibition Inca—Kings of the Andes 1

chapter 6|14 pages

Commemorate, consecrate, demolish

Thoughts about the Mexican Museum of Anthropology and its history

chapter 7|14 pages

Going back to the past or coming back from the past?

Governmental policies and uses of the past in a Ranquel community in San Luis, Argentina

chapter 8|16 pages

Unearthing patrimonio

Treasure and collectivity in San Miguel Coatlinchán 1

chapter 9|22 pages

Processes of heritagization of indigenous cultural manifestations

Lines of debate, analytic axes, and methodological approaches 1

chapter 10|22 pages

The ambivalence of tradition

Heritage, time, and violence in postcolonial contexts