Drawing on anthropological fieldwork, this book presents case studies illustrating the invention or re-conceptualization of heritages and traditions in selected locations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. It also reviews the importance of oral traditions as markers of identity and considers narratives of heritage in post-colonial societies.
ULLRICH KOCKEL has worked in Higher Education in Britain, Germany and Ireland since 1984. He currently holds the Chair of Ethnology and Folk Life at the University of Ulster, UK, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His research ranges across the field of European ethnology, with special focus on cultural encounters (Borderline Cases: the Ethnic Frontiers of European Integration), and on culture and economy (Regional Culture and Economic Development: Explorations in European Ethnology). In 2003 he was elected to the United Kingdom's Acade