Patrimonialities: Heritage vs. Property

Valdimar Tr. Hafstein, Martin Skrydstrup

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Abstract

With empirical touchstones from Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the authors argue that heritage and property represent different approaches to subject formation, produce distinct bodies of expertise, and belong to different rationalities of government in a global patrimonial field: that cultural property is a technology of sovereignty, part of the order of the modern liberal state, but cultural heritage a technology of reformation that cultivates responsible subjects and entangles them in networks of expertise and management. While particular case trajectories may shift back and forth from rights-based claims and resolutions under the sign of cultural property to ethical claims and solutions under the sign of cultural heritage, the authors contend that there is significant analytical purchase to be gained from their distinction. Using a critical, comparative approach, they make the case for a historically grounded and theoretically informed understanding of the difference between the two terms.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages102
ISBN (Print)9781108928380
ISBN (Electronic)9781108933629
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesElements in Critical Heritage Studies
ISSN2632-7066

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