A Theory of Cultural Heritage provides a structured and comprehensive picture of the concept of cultural heritage (CH) and its theoretical and practical derivatives.

Arguing that the expanded notion of CH brings with it a number of unresolved conceptual tensions, Muñoz-Viñas summarizes the strong and weak points of the current discourse. Gathering together a range of existing views on cultural heritage and its practices, the book provides a dynamic overview of the theoretical underpinnings behind the notion and also considers how these could evolve in the future. By analyzing the conflicting meanings of the term ‘cultural heritage’ and establishing a more nuanced ontological taxonomy, this book challenges some well-established views and outlines a framework that will allow the reader to better grasp the theoretical and practical complexities of this fascinating notion.

A Theory of Cultural Heritage is a thought-provoking and valuable contribution to the existing literature, written in an engaging, clear style that will make it accessible to academics, students and heritage professionals alike.

part Part I|66 pages

Setting the background

chapter 1|32 pages

How to not be axiological

A brief history of cultural heritage

chapter 2|9 pages

(Un)definitions of ICH

chapter 3|17 pages

(Un)definitions of CH

chapter 4|6 pages

A note on CH practices

part Part II|61 pages

Setting the limits

chapter 5|20 pages

Westernness, colonialism, and CH

chapter 6|25 pages

Elitism, authority, and CH

chapter 7|14 pages

CH, authenticity, and fabrication

part Part III|47 pages

Notes for a theory of cultural heritage

chapter 8|28 pages

The ontologies of cultural heritage

chapter 9|17 pages

Notes for a theory of CH