Heritage Politics in China: The Power of the Past

Heritage: past and presentValue appropriation: heritage as an instrument of powerThe evolution of the international heritage regimeFrom international to national scales: heritage fever in the PRCOutline of the bookNotesReferencesHeritage: A cultural historyHeritage practices during the imperial eraOfficial documentation and history writingImperial collections and knowledge transmissionAntiquarianismA journey of Westernisation: heritage concepts and institutionsThe arrival of “the West” in the late Qing eraEmbracing heritage disciplines in the Republican eraDomesticating heritage institutions under the KMTLet the past serve the present: socialist heritage after 1949ConclusionNotesReferencesInstitutions and discourseThe transformation of state heritage institutions during the Reform eraThe role of social organisations in heritage protectionState institutions and official discourseConclusionNotesReferencesXi’an: Urban heritageHeritage and urban governance in Xi’anThe city wall and grassroots commemorationXi’an’s theme parks and the gentrification of urban spaceThe Muslim Quarter’s transition from faith to businessThe Xingjiao Temple and its online campaignConclusionNotesReferencesNanjing: Living heritageThe state as the patron of traditional cultureICH safeguarding in NanjingInside state programmes: ICH inheritorsCultural practitioners outside of state sponsorshipResponses to the economic exploitation of ICHConclusionNotesReferencesLijiang: Ethnic heritageLijiang: from a remote town to official ethnic heritageWorld Heritage-making: public-spatial rearrangementsIntangible heritage – from individual practice to public showLocal responsesCopper making in the staged homeNaxi ancient music performance in public concertsConclusionNotesReferencesHeritage-making: Value appropriation and responsesValue appropriation: the process of “heritage-making”InstitutionalisationAuthenticationRecognitionMuseumificationCommercialisationSocietal responsesPolitics of legitimacyThe party and the central governmentLocal governmentsHeritage expertsLocal communitiesConclusionNotesReferencesSignificance and implications of the bookHeritage future(s)NoteReferences
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