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Title Museums, heritage and international development / edited by Paul Basu and Wayne Modest
Published New York : Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (356 pages)
Series Routledge Studies in Culture and Development
Routledge studies in culture and development.
Contents 1 Museums, Heritage and International Development: A Critical Conversation -- 2 UNESCO, Museums and 'Development' -- 3 Complicating Culture for Development: Negotiating 'Dysfunctional Heritage' in Sierra Leone -- 4 Art for Life: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Livelihood Development in India -- 5 US Cultural Diplomacy, Cultural Heritage Preservation and Development at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul -- 6 Reconstructing Afghan Identity: Nation-Building, International Relations and the Safeguarding of Afghanistan's Buddhist Heritage -- 7 Has It Been Worth It? Personal Reflections on Museum Development in Ghana -- 8 Development Challenges and Shared Heritage-Making Processes in Southwest Ghana -- 9 Museum Kapuas Raya: The In-Between Museum -- 10 'Only Foreigners Can Do It'? Technical Assistance, Advocacy and Brokerage at Aksum, Ethiopia -- 11 Health Education and Participatory Exhibition Development in Malawi -- 12 Hintang and the Double-Bind Promise of Development -- 13 Cultural Heritage, Humanitarianism and Development: Critical Links -- 14 Reconceptualizing Heritage in China: Museums, Development and the Shifting Dynamics of Power -- 15 Postconflict Heritage in Asia: Shifting Geographies of Aid -- 16 Visualizing Development: The Tropenmuseum and International Development Aid
Summary While many claims are made regarding the power of cultural heritage as a driver and enabler of sustainable development, the relationship between museums, heritage and development has received little academic scrutiny. This book stages a critical conversation between the interdisciplinary fields of museum studies, heritage studies and development studies to explore this under-researched sphere of development intervention. In an agenda-setting introduction, the editors explore the seemingly oppositional temporalities and values represented by these ""past-making"" and ""future-making"" projects, arguing that these provide a framework for mutual critique. Contributors to the volume bring insights from a wide range of academic and practitioner perspectives on a series of international case studies, which each raise challenging questions that reach beyond merely cultural concerns and fully engage with both the legacies of colonial power inequalities and the shifting geopolitical dynamics of contemporary international relations. Cultural heritage embodies different values and can be instrumentalized to serve different economic, social and political objectives within development contexts, but the past is also intrinsic to the present and is foundational to people's aspirations for the future. Museums, Heritage and International Development explores the problematics as well as potentials, the politics as well as possibilities, in this fascinating nexus
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Subject Cultural property -- Protection -- Developing countries.
Economic development -- Developing countries.
Historic preservation -- Developing countries.
International relations.
Museums -- Economic aspects -- Developing countries.
Museums -- Political aspects -- Developing countries.
Museums -- Social aspects -- Developing countries.
Sustainable development -- Developing countries.
Developing countries -- Colonial influence.
Developing countries -- Cultural policy.
Form Electronic book
Author Basu, Paul.
Modest, Wayne.
ISBN 1135085218 (electronic bk.)
9781135085216 (electronic bk.)