Heritage in times of crisis: cut-backs, prioritization and local consequences.
A study of the status, values, uses and management of heritage on the basis of the global economic crisis on Ireland

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The ongoing global economic crisis has serious consequences worldwide, but studies of them are lagging behind. The study takes this crisis as a point of departure to engage in the phenomenon of heritage. The aim is to investigate the effects of the crisis on state heritage practices, like valuation and funding, and on places of heritage in Ireland in order to understand the larger question of the statusand usageof heritage, and different kinds of it, in society today. The crisis thus serves as a means of exposing priorities and values in heritage. The focal point is how heritage, the parts of the past selected in the present for contemporary use and which increasingly is praised for its value as a resource in tourism and development, is perceived, used and managed as a result of a crisis. It is a qualitative study based on interviews with national and local heritage authorities and politicians, local case studies and analysis of state policies, plans and funding. The theoretical contribution lays in the examination of how founded the recent development of a broader heritage concept is which also enables an evaluation of the growing role of heritage as an economic and cultural resource in this. The study shed lights on the global economic crisis as well as on complex relationships between society and heritage. It will advance the frontiers of research on heritage and its status in society and add to research on the wide range of consequences following global crises.

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