Chapter 2 - The limitless concept: the new heritage paradigm and its relation to space
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Manero Miguel, F.; García Cuesta, J. L. (Coords.) (2017): Territorial Heritage & Spatial Planning. A Geographical Perspective. Ed. Thomson Reuters. The Global Law Collection. Navarra. 327 págs. ISBN – 978-84-9152-762-6
Heritage: this ancient and beautiful word was originally linked to the family, to the economic and legal structures of a stable society rooted in space and time. It has been qualified by several adjectives (genetic, natural, historic…) that have turned it into a «nomadic» concept that, today, still follows a diverse and resounding path (Choay, online –original ed. of 1992–). Heritage is neither natural nor eternal, but a social construct that appeared at the dawn of modernity as a kind of lay religion. It served to provide an aura of sacredness to speeches concerning identity, mainly of a national or regional nature, but also local, through representative relics that have some kind of metonymic relationship with the perceived cultural externality, on the time plane (the past, as a time beyond time, unreachable) of the supposedly indomitable, uncontaminated nature […] and its genius and exceptionality (Prats, 2006: 72).
5403.01 Geografía Cultural
This activities are included in the objectives and results of the Research Project CSO2013-47205-P «Culture and heritage as territorial resources: sustainable development strategies and spatial impacts», from the State Programme to Encourage Scientific Technical Research of Excellence, Sub-programme of the Generation of Knowledge from the Ministry of Economy & Competitiveness, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The coordinators are featured as Principal Investigators.
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