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The heritage 'NGO': a case study on the role of grass roots heritage societies in Iran and their perception of cultural heritage

Mozaffari, Ali 2015, The heritage 'NGO': a case study on the role of grass roots heritage societies in Iran and their perception of cultural heritage, International journal of heritage studies, vol. 21, no. 9, pp. 845-861, doi: 10.1080/13527258.2015.1028961.

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Title The heritage 'NGO': a case study on the role of grass roots heritage societies in Iran and their perception of cultural heritage
Author(s) Mozaffari, Ali
Journal name International journal of heritage studies
Volume number 21
Issue number 9
Start page 845
End page 861
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-04-16
ISSN 1352-7258
1470-3610
Keyword(s) Iran
heritage movements
cultural heritage in Iran
heritage activism
politics of heritage
identity politics
Summary This paper examines the activities of a group of heritage enthusiasts in Iran. Grass roots heritage activism is a relatively recent phenomenon that appeared in Iran since the late 1990s. They are increasingly operating collectively as cultural or heritage NGOs. They have diverse socio-economic origins and political views. However, as this paper argues, they share a common ground in their activities; one that maintains an ambivalent and critical relationship with the state and official definitions of heritage and identity. Referring to interview and other data collected during fieldwork in Iran, this paper traces and analyses the contours of that common ground and argues that there is a nascent heritage movement in the country. The impact and contribution of these emerging and self-reflective heritage movements to Iranian identity, which is reflected in their embracing of diversity and the notion of historical continuity, reveal the dynamism and complexity of the cultural and political landscape of contemporary Iranian society. They also reveal the importance of generating further scholarship in the field of Iranian cultural heritage. In conceptualising the characteristics of a nascent heritage movement in Iran, the paper makes a new contribution to the approach of existing scholarship in the broader field of heritage studies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13527258.2015.1028961
Field of Research 169999 Studies In Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Ali Mozaffari
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084643

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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