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Walls and Gateways: Contested Heritage in Dubrovnik

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Volume 3

Explorations in Heritage Studies

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Walls and Gateways

Contested Heritage in Dubrovnik

Celine Motzfeldt Loades

368 pages, 25 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-354-1 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (February 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-355-8 eBook

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“This is a comprehensive and insightful study of a globally significant and socio-politically complex example of heritage and tourism contestation and management.” • Roy Jones, Curtin University

“The multiple ambivalences and contradictions surrounding the Balkan War experience and the destructions, present-day tourism, heritage policies, the marginal position in the contemporary nation state and the appropriation of public space come out in a lively way, as also do a number of informants' personalities and views.” • Christoph Brumann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle


In 1979 Dubrovnik was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, which had consequences for the city's broader cultural heritage. Walls and Gateways explores how this status intersects with the reconstruction and consolidation of identities and locality in the city’s post-war context. It analyses how representations, perceptions and uses of Dubrovnik’s heritage are embedded in particular cultural practices, materiality and place. In Dubrovnik’s post-war context, different uses of cultural memory and heritage provoke both dissonance and unity, shape practices and mobilize cultural and political activism.

Celine Motzfeldt Loades is an anthropologist who has been a researcher at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, and has also been a guest researcher and lecturer at the University of Dubrovnik. She currently works as a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and carries out research on urban development and sustainability in Oslo.

Subject: Heritage StudiesAnthropology (General)Memory Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


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