Heritage, Memory & Identity

pg 2 – As different human groups define certain objects and practices as ‘heritage’, as they envision heritage to reflect some form of collective memory , either lived or imagined; and as they combine both to construct composite cultural identities.

pg 3 – but in real terms the idea of heritage has also been doubly expansive: extending both to the entirety of what anthropologists call ‘material culture’ – structures, sites, artefacts – and to immaterial cultural manifestations now celebrated as ‘intangible heritage’

pg 3- The narrative that binds these societal decisions together also shapes the social meanings and symbols that are central to the construction of collective memories and identities. The latter, in turn, shape collective perceptions of ‘selves’ and ‘others’ and , therefore, also influence the way in which societies perceive and interact with another


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