Thesis

Exclusivity of Heritage

A Study into the Relationship between Built Heritage and Power, using Xiaozhou Village in China as an Example

  • Power
  • Exclusivity
  • Intangible heritage (which exists)

Outline

  • Introduction
  • Literature review
    • Critical heritage studies in Western context
    • Heritage studies in China
    • Heritage studies surrounding urban villages
    • Discussion on relevance of discussing built heritage
  • Methodology
    • Ethnographic
  • Existing built heritage management practices
    • Situation: defining through materiality
      • Tangible vs. intangible heritage, seemingly separated by materiality
      • Within both categories, they are defined by materiality
    • Analysis: heritage definition is a technique of power creation
      • How power creates heritage
        • Surveying and listing buildings
      • How heritage creates power
  • Problem: consequences of defining heritage through materiality
    • Division between tangible and intangible heritage
      • Material – objects
        • Site
        • Building
        • Landscape
      • Immaterial – acts
        • Craft (making)
        • Events
    • Exclusion
      • Displacement of migrants
      • Centralised control over space and identity
    • Rejection of change in materiality
    • Authenticity
      • Editted identity of heritage
      • Consumers of identity/commercialisation
  • Solution: redefine heritage as a cultural process
    • Inclusivity
    • Authenticity
    • Intangible heritage and dragon boat festival
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix