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Globalization, nationalism and world heritage : interpreting Luang Prabang

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Colin Long, Jonathan Sweet
This paper examines the interpretation of the World Heritage city Luang Prabang (the former royal capital of Laos), investigating the relationships between the goals and strategies of international organizations such as UNESCO and the priorities of the Lao state. Refuting the idea that the World Heritage system represents a form of cultural globalization, the authors instead suggest that there is a marked convergence of the interests of international heritage bodies managing World Heritage and the Lao authorities anxious to portray a particular vision of national identity through selective recognition of cultural heritage locations.

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Journal

South East Asia research

Volume

14

Pagination

445 - 469

Location

Brighton, England

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0967-828X

eISSN

2043-6874

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2006, IP Publishing

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