HOW IS HERITAGE CREATED: THE HERITAGE CREATION PROCESS IN SOCIETY

  • Konsa, K.
Abstract:
A defining characteristic of society in the 20th and the 21th century, in addition to the rapid development of science, technology and social systems, is the attempt to consciously preserve as much as possible of the past and the present for future generations. This article discusses the theoretical background of the heritage creation process and analyses the process based on different levels of society. To recognize something as heritage is to bring along its political, legal, economic and social influences. The questions that consistently emerge are: to whom does heritage belong, and to what extent. A person’s rights to use their property is legally bound when it comes to heritage objects, so it seems that at least from the cultural perspective, heritage belongs to all of mankind. Since heritage plays an important role in shaping and preserving group identity, the people need to have a guaranteed right to make decisions regarding their own heritage. This means that when it comes to recognising something as heritage, determining its values and preserving it, it is first and foremost the right of the people and the groups of people to whom this heritage matters. As heritage is now defined as an living process in contemporary society, with its own specific goals and methods, then the decision to recognise something as heritage must be based on the needs of the same society. What inevitably follows from this perspective is that any past decisions regarding something as heritage are by no means “everlasting” but can, and must, be reviewed.
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Year:
2018
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
heritage; creation of heritage; social construction of heritage
Volume:
18
SGEM Book title:
5th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2018
Book number:
2.2
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
281-288
Publisher address:
51 Alexander Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
26 August – 01 September, 2018
ISBN:
978-619-7408-53-9
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
5th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2018, 26 August – 01 September, 2018
DOI:
10.5593/sgemsocial2018/2.2/S08.035
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