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Full Terms & Conditions of access and use can be found at International Journal of Heritage Studies ISSN: 1352-7258 (Print) 1470-3610 (Online) Journal homepage: Cultural diversity, cultural heritage and human rights: towards heritage management as human rights-based cultural practice William Logan To cite this article: William Logan (2012) Cultural diversity, cultural heritage and human rights: towards heritage management as human rights-based cultural practice, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 18:3, 231-244, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2011.637573 To link to this article: Published online: 01 Mar 2012. Submit your article to this journal Article views: 4364 Citing articles: 35 View citing articles
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Cultural diversity, cultural heritage and human rights: towards heritage management as human rights-based cultural practice William Logan* School of History, Heritage and Society, Deakin University, 121 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia ( Received 23 October 2011; fi nal version received 24 October 2011 ) The present article investigates the linkages between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity and enforcing human rights. While there seems to be a growing awareness of these linkages in international heritage and human rights circles, they remain poorly understood by many heritage practitio- ners who see their conservation work merely as a technical matter. The article argues that it is essential for practitioners engaged in heritage conservation projects to understand the broader economic, political and social context of their work. However, heritage scholars and teachers, too, need to recognise that there can be many motives behind of fi cial heritage interventions, that such action is sometimes taken primarily to achieve political goals, and that it can undermine rather than strengthen community identity, cultural diversity and human rights. Such a reorientation is an extension of the paradigm shift in which heritage is understood as cultural practice. In this more critical heritage studies discipline human rights are brought to the foreground as the most signi fi cant part of the international heritage of humanity. Keywords: cultural diversity; cultural heritage; human rights; cultural rights; cultural practice; heritage conservation Introduction The present article traces the growing awareness of the fundamental linkage between conserving cultural heritage, maintaining cultural diversity and enforcing human rights. It argues that such awareness supports a re-conception of heritage conservation as a form of cultural practice in which human rights-based approaches can be well accommodated. The present article is based on my contribution to the introductory chapter of the book Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights (Lang fi eld et al . 2010), which I edited with Professors Michele Lang fi eld and Máiréad Nic Craith. It is also informed by the work being done at the Of fi ce of the
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