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Heritage, Tourism & Community #6: Faith in Heritage: Displacement, Development, and Religious Tourism in Contemporary China

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Using the example of Chinas Wutai Shan—recently designated both a UNESCO World Heritage site and a national park—Robert J. Shepherd analyzes Chinese applications of western notions of heritage management within a non-western framework. What does the concept of world heritage mean for a site practically unheard of outside of China, visited almost exclusively by Buddhist religious pilgrims? What does heritage preservation mean for a site whose intrinsic value isnt in its historic buildings or cultural significance, but for its sacredness within the Buddhist faith? How does a society navigate these issues, particularly one where open religious expression has only recently become acceptable? These questions and more are explored in this book, perfect for students and practitioners of heritage management looking for a new perspective.

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Using the example of Chinas new Wutai Shan National Park, Robert Shepherd explores the quirky intersections between heritage preservation, religion, and the demands of tourism.

About the Author

Robert Shepherd is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses on contemporary Chinese culture and society, the anthropology of development, and human rights. His research interests include tourism practices, moral frameworks of marketplace behavior, and the construction of cultural heritage in post-colonial societies. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he has served in the United States Peace Corps in rural Nepal, worked on United Nations Development Program projects in China and Indonesia, and taught in Taiwan. He is the author of When Culture Goes to Market: Space, Place and Identity in an Urban Marketplace (2008) and Partners in Paradise: Tourism Practices, Heritage Policies, and Anthropological Sites (2011).

Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter I: What Makes a Place “Heritage”?Chapter II: Tourism, Heritage, and Moral Education in ChinaChapter III: “Four Peaks, One River, Five Buddhist Places and One White Pagoda”: Wutai Shan as a Sacred SiteChapter IV: Heritage from Below: Displacement, Construction, and Reconstruction Chapter V: Chao Xiang, Bai Fo, & Lü You: Pilgrimage, Worship, and TourismConclusionReferences

Product Details

ISBN:
9781611320732
Author:
Shepherd, Robert J.
Publisher:
Left Coast Press
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Travel -- China.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Heritage, Tourism and Community
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 illustrations, 2 tables, notes, gloss
Pages:
179
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Buddhism » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Travel » Asia » China
Travel » General

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Using the example of Chinas new Wutai Shan National Park, Robert Shepherd explores the quirky intersections between heritage preservation, religion, and the demands of tourism.
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