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Heritage, Culture, and Politics in the Postcolony$
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Daniel Herwitz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160186

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160186.001.0001

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The Heritage of Heritage

The Heritage of Heritage

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(p.1) Chapter One The Heritage of Heritage
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Heritage, Culture, and Politics in the Postcolony
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Daniel Herwitz

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231160186.003.0001

This chapter discusses the recontextualization of past events evident in the heritages displayed in museums. Groups of men and women, especially those who are living in postcolonial nations, have rewritten their nations' past events in the process of turning these into heritages. Traditional objects (artifacts of “indigenous” culture) and the institutions with which they are associated were being pulled from the “anthropology section” of the museum, recontextualized, and given new meaning within contemporary heritage discourses. The remaking of the past into a “heritage” is important in not only with regard to nationalism but also to the neoliberal system of profiling, branding, and marketing.

Keywords:   past events, postcolonial nations, heritages, traditional objects, heritage discourse, nationalism

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