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Entanglements of "Living Heritage": Ecomuseum Development in Rural China


Abstract Museums are gaining increasing attention throughout the world for their ability to foster social inclusion, intercultural dialogue, and collaboration in practices of heritage management, exhibition, and interpretation. This dissertation aims to contribute a critical perspective on museums as agents of social change through an exploration of new museological practices in contemporary China. Through an ethnography of the ecomuseum, I unravel the assumptions and expectations of implementing a Western concept based on notions of community participation, empowerment, and the democratization of heritage in the context of a transforming China.

In my ethnographic account of the multifaceted politics faced by ecomuseums, I question how power and a... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Nitzky, William David (Author) / Jonsson, Hjorleifur (Advisor) / Isaac, Gwyneira (Advisor) / Tsuda, Takeyuki (Committee member) / Eder, James (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cultural anthropology / Asian studies / Museum studies / China / ecomuseum / ethnic minority / ethnography / heritage / rural development
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 430 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Anthropology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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