"Heimat & Herrschaft” revisited: Heritage Futures and the Case of Scottish Independence

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventEuropean Association of Social Anthropologists 13th Biennial Conference - Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 31 Jul 20143 Aug 2014

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Association of Social Anthropologists 13th Biennial Conference
Abbreviated titleEASA 2014
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period31/07/143/08/14

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