The dialectic of "Heimat" and "Herrschaft" has been postulated as the driving force behind regional development and the evolution of heritage (Kockel 1988). This paper takes the model a step further and considers its application in a contemporary politico-anthropological context. Rather than taking the two forces as confrontational, as originally postulated, their co-creative potential is assessed with particular reference to the current debate on Scottish independence. In an allegedly post-nationalist Europe, the rise of micro-nationalisms has been much commented on. Where a putative nation such as Scotland finds itself at the crossroads of nation-statehood, the spectre of alternative / conflicting potential heritages arises. The paper looks at how the protagonists in the debate, seeing themselves as opponents, actually collaborate in co-creating heritage futures that can confuse and disorientate the electorate, to the point where either side votes contrary to its own best interest.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||European Association of Social Anthropologists 13th Biennial Conference - Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia|
Duration: 31 Jul 2014 → 3 Aug 2014
|Conference||European Association of Social Anthropologists 13th Biennial Conference|
|Abbreviated title||EASA 2014|
|Period||31/07/14 → 3/08/14|