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- DescriptionThis mograph analyzes current cultural resource management, archeological heritage management, and exhibitionary practices and policies in the People's Republic of China. Academic researchers, preservationists, and other interested parties face a range of challenges for the preservation of the material past as rapid ecomic and social changes continue in China. On the one hand, state-supported development policies often threaten and in some cases lead to the destruction of archeological and cultural sites. Yet state cultural policies also encourage the cultivation of precisely such sites as tourism development resources. This mograph aims to bring the concepts of world heritage sites, national tourism policies, ethnic tourism, and museum display together for a general cultural heritage audience. It focuses on a central issue: the tensions between a wide range of interest groups: cultural anthropologists and archeologists, tourism officials, heritage proponents, ecomic development proponents, a new class of private rich with the means to buy artifacts, and a fragmented regulatory system. Behind all of them lies the political role of heritage in China, also addressed in this mograph.
- Author BiographyRobert Sheperd holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and has been an assistant professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University since 2006. Before earning his doctorate he served in the Peace Corps in Nepal, worked on UNDP projects in China and Indonesia, and taught at a national university in Taiwan; in total he has nine years experience living and working in the Asian region. His research focuses on cultural issues in post-Mao China, particularly the relationship between state development projects, domestic tourism promotion, and heritage projects. He aims his written work at both a multidisciplinary audience and, where possible, a non-academic audience. For the past four summers he has conducted fieldwork at Mount Wutai, a World Heritage site in Shanxi Province, China, where he has studied the process of heritage development, its impact on religious practice, and local responses.
- Author(s)Larry Yu,Robert J. Shepherd
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication06/12/2012
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleSpringerBriefs in archaeology/SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Note21 colour illustrations, 2 black & white tables, biography
- Weight171 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine15 mm
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