Cultural Heritage Politics in China

Editors: Blumenfield, Tami, Silverman, Helaine (Eds.)

  • Explores China's cultural heritage policies from three interrelated perspectives
  •  Addresses a wide range of cultural heritage in China, from urban environments to ethnic tourism, to underwater material remains
  • Contains perspectives from Chinese researchers and heritage experts
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​This volume explores China’s cultural heritage ideology and policies from three interrelated perspectives: the State and World Heritage tourism; cultural heritage tourism at undesignated sites, and the cultural politics of museums and collections. Something of a cultural heritage designation craze is happening in China. This is new within even the last five to ten years. Officials at many levels now see heritage preservation as a means for commoditizing their regions. They are devoting new resources and attention to national and international heritage designations. Thus, addressing cultural heritage politics in a nation dedicated to designation is an important project, particularly in the context of a rapidly growing economy. This volume is also important because it addresses a very wide range of cultural heritage, providing an excellent sample of case studies: historic vernacular urban environments, ethnic tourism, scenic tourism, pilgrimage as tourism, tourism and economic development, museums, border heritage, underwater remains, and the actual governance and management of the sites. This volume is an outstanding introduction to cultural heritage issues in China while contributing to Chinese studies for those with greater knowledge of the area.  

About the authors

Tami Blumenfield is the James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Furman University. An anthropologist of China and documentary film producer who earned her doctorate at the University of Washington in 2010, she has spent more than four years conducting fieldwork in ethnically diverse regions of southwest China. Supported in part by a Fulbright fellowship and a grant from the Association for Asian Studies China and Inner Asia Council, she has researched educational practices, cultural heritage politics, and social change. Much of her research has explored social change in Na villages located in and around tourist zones near Lugu Lake. Her book manuscript Screening Moso: Communities of Media in Southwest China, supported by a publication fellowship from the American Association for University Women, discusses a collaboration and participatory media project with the Moso Folk Museum. Blumenfield has also begun a project examining growing inequality in tourist areas of northwest Yunnan. She is a founding board member of the Cool Mountain Education Fund, an organization that supports students in Liangshan, China.

Helaine Silverman is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois and Director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP). She is a member of Forum-UNESCO, an Expert Member of ICOMOS’ International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM), and an affiliate member of ICOMOS’s International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism (ICTC). Her current research is a critical analysis of the cooperative and conflictual production of archaeological monuments as cultural heritage sites for visual, performative, economic and political consumption as undertaken by national governments, regional authorities, local administrations, community stakeholders, and the global tourism industry. Most of her research around these issues is conducted in Peru. In addition to her own authored works on cultural heritage, tourism and museums, she is the editor of Archaeological Site Museums in Latin America (University Press of Florida, 2006), Cultural Heritage and Human Rights (Springer, 2007), Intangible Heritage Embodied (Springer, 2009) and Contested Cultural Heritage: Religion, Nationalism, Erasure and Exclusion in a Global World (Springer, 2011). She serves on the editorial boards of American Anthropologist, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Heritage & Society, and World Art. She currently edits the “Heritage, Tourism, and Community” book series (Left Coast Press) and is a co-editor of ICAHM’s “Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Archaeological Heritage Management” book series (Springer Press).

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Cultural Heritage Politics in China: An Introduction

    Silverman, Helaine (et al.)

    Pages 3-22

  • Does the Institution of Property Rights Matter for Heritage Preservation? Evidence from China

    Tang, Zijun

    Pages 23-30

  • Chinese Cosmopolitanism (Tianxia He Shijie Zhuyi) in China’s Heritage Tourism

    Swain, Margaret Byrne

    Pages 33-50

  • Groping for Stones to Cross the River: Governing Heritage in Emei

    Zhu, Yujie (et al.)

    Pages 51-71

  • Local versus National Interests in the Promotion and Management of a Heritage Site: A Case Study from Zhejiang Province, China

    Zhao, Wei

    Pages 73-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultural Heritage Politics in China
Editors
  • Tami Blumenfield
  • Helaine Silverman
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6874-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6874-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6873-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9761-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 297
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