Contested narratives in the domain of world heritage

Harrison, David ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Contested narratives in the domain of world heritage. In: Tourism, tradition and culture: a reflection on their role in development. CAB International, Wallingford, pp. 123-131. ISBN 9781789245899, e-ISBN 9781789245905, e-ISBN 9781789245912. [Book Section] (doi:10.1079/9781789245899.0123)


This chapter focuses primarily on how 'heritage' is interpreted by various social actors, either individually or collectively. It is indicated that what is 'natural' is contested, heritage is a performance, and debates occur as to what is genuine, authentic or fake. Memories, too, are selective: victors in power struggles ignore or downplay shameful historical episodes in favour of those that show them in a favourable light, and World Heritage status is usually accorded only to sites that have gone through a rigorous negotiation process to determine which of them is of universal value (and reflects most favourably on the dominant government and interest groups of the time).

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