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Heritage for sale: Sweden’s World Heritage sites as local development projects
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8134-5999
2009 (English)In: Assosiation of American Geographers, Las Vegas, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

An interest to the production of heritage in Sweden has been substantial, especially when it comes to the importance of receiving a world heritage status. Most of the Swedish heritage sites were accepted on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention list during a very short period of time of the 1990s. Since than the ambitions of the local actors have not being put to rest but resulted in five additional nominations during the beginning of the 2000s. There are two more sites that are on the tentative list of properties that could be considered for future nomination by the Convention. Is this a feature of a contemporary society focused on the commodification of culture being connected to the recent developments in a global tourism system? This process has certain connections to the issues of globalisation that affecting the needs for reassertion of cultural identity. There are several other factors associated with this tendency, meaning in all cases that the appearances of the heritage sites serve more than one goal. It is a combination of a less implicit national and local politics together with the more obvious commercial aims. This study is an attempt to rediscover these multiple identities with the heritage sites being a resource. How are they communicated to the user through the advertisement and information texts put up on the Internet? The creation of the heritage should not be seen as a simple construction of the past for the means of preserving and consuming the results of this commodification, but as multileveled process driven by several notions, with the prevailing issues of local development and tourist consumption. The existence of these contested views on heritage representation is supported by analysis of the promotional texts from the Swedish World Heritage sites.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Las Vegas, 2009.
Keywords [en]
Heritage, heritage representation, commodification, regional development, tourism consumption
Research subject
Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, Kulturturism och malmbrytning sida vid sida? Gruvans produktionssystem i den regionala utvecklingen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-3964OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:3964DiVA, id: diva2:521964
Conference
Assosiation of American Geographers , Las Vegas, 21-29 March, 2009
Available from: 2009-05-05 Created: 2009-05-05 Last updated: 2016-11-16Bibliographically approved

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