Polarized Pasts: Heritage and Belonging in Times of Political Polarization (Hardcover)

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Polarized Pasts: Heritage and Belonging in Times of Political Polarization (Hardcover)

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When questions of belonging enter the forefront of political debates, so too does heritage. This volume draws critical voices from archaeology, anthropology and the classics into a conversation about political uses of the past in times of radical right populism. The authors show how ancient monuments and sites, bygone eras and political regimes, even your genetic ancestry, can become wrapped up in polarized political debates. They also highlight how heritage, which is often thought of as a common good, can be dangerous in times of political polarization - erasing nuances between 'us' and 'them'. Together, the texts pave the way for a better understanding of the political role of heritage in society.

Elisabeth Niklasson is Lecturer in Cultural Heritage at University of Aberdeen. She pursues research on EU heritage policy and the uses of the past by political parties in Scandinavia.
Product Details ISBN: 9781800738485
ISBN-10: 180073848X
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Publication Date: January 13th, 2023
Pages: 234
Language: English