The Politics of Cultural Heritage

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The paper addresses the performance and display of cultural heritage in context of late modern urban culture. Contemporary metropolises constitute core settings for the political and symbolic representation of cultural diversity and multiculturalism. One of the most important forms of such representation is the “ethnic” or “multi-ethnic” festival. The Carnival of Cultures in Berlin is analysed as anexample and compared to the much more prominent Notting Hill Carnival. The paper concludes that “ethnic” cultural heritage has strong social and political components which should be made central in ethnological analysis.

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Knecht, M. & Niedermüller, P., (2002) “The Politics of Cultural Heritage”, Ethnologia Europaea 32(2), p.89-104. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.933

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Michi Knecht (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Peter Niedermüller (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

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