Identity And Heritage Analysis

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4 Applying the narrative concept on the World Heritage site

4.1 Interdepencency between identity and heritage

As Smith (2006:48) claims, “the association between heritage and identity is well established in the heritage literature“. In this context, heritage seems to be regarded as “material culture“ that is linked to the fugacious conception of “identity“. Furthermore, Smith compares the conception of “identity“ to the notion of “history“. Both seem to create an awareness of social affiliation. This sense of social affiliation seems to arise a thought of shared commonalities within the mind of people who apparently see themselves as members of a particular community. But in comparison to the notion of “history“, the conception of “identity“
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This is mainly due to the fact that the view of something as heritage seems to depend on the people. In this regard, a particular community appears to associate something as their heritage, but in the next few years this view can change. Therefore, heritage should be regarded as “heritages“. Similar to that, the assumption regards, “pasts“ and “identities“. Furthermore, not only the view of the people towards heritage seem to change over an amount of time, but there seems to be also the assumption of a changed view of the conceptual notion of heritage in academia. Nowadays, scholars seem to regard the conception of heritage from a “constructionist perspective“. In this context, “selective past material artefacts, natural landscapes, mythologies, memories and traditions“ seem to be used as a “cultural, political [or] economic“ tool. Similar to the notion above of “identity“, this conception also implies the notion of heritage as “social construct“ that seems to be used as a means by authorities. Depending on what appears to be needed within a particular prevailing time, the view on something as heritage and of outstanding value appears to be “selected“. This seems to be due to the fact that it is not the objects themselves that people appear to regard as unique and valuable, but the attention people give to them. This in turn, appears to convert physical or immaterial objects in…show more content…
Furthermore, Graham and Howard argue that the perception of imaterial heritage seems to be of main importance and appears to even rank above the notion of material objects, due to the fact, that a variety of cases illustrate that within the mind of people the degree of importance seem to derive from “myths and legends“ around the sites. In this regard, it can be further argued, similar to what Korostelina (2014) claims, that imaterial heritage that seems to imply the notion of “myths“ within this context, appears to transmit, determine and construct the degree of importance and worth of a particular concrete object. Otherwise, this particular concrete object would be regarded as less, because of the lack of importance that a particular “myth“ seems to give an object to become

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