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Ironic heritage: Overcoming divisions between communities through shared laughter about the past
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0557-9651
2010 (English)In: Museum International, ISSN 1350-0775, E-ISSN 1468-0033, Vol. 62, no 1-2, p. 91-99Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The essentializing and exclusive nature of collective identities defined by cultural heritage often fuels conflicts between nations and other social groups. In this article I ask what kind of heritage might be able to unite rather than divide civil society. I suggest that heritage can only contribute to social cohesion when it is perceived as distant from everyone in present society. Such distance is achieved not only through freely invented, inauthentic heritage, but also through ironicized heritage, using humour to undermine conventional understandings of the subject. I present several specific examples of such ironic heritage, which have sought to provoke laughter and, thus, create implicit social bonds across national, political and social divisions.

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Oxford: Blackwell , 2010. Vol. 62, no 1-2, p. 91-99
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Archaeology Educational Sciences
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Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-7927DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0033.2010.01715.xScopus ID: 2-s2.0-77955818637OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-7927DiVA, id: diva2:346117
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Simultaneously published in French and Chinese translations.Available from: 2010-08-30 Created: 2010-08-30 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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