Legitimation of Interventions in Historic City Areas: The case of the Well-preserved Ystad
2012 (English)In: Urban Research and Practice, ISSN 1753-5069Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
This article investigates the discursive practices that work to authorize and legitimizeparticular heritage meanings and modes of conservation practices in historic city area. Despitedemocratic governance attempts to employ ‘inclusive’ conservation practices, certain groups’discursive and material heritages become projected at the expense of others, albeit in alegitimized manner. It is argued in this article that discursive struggles in heritage practicesare historically rooted, producing social and spatial consequences that are often overlooked inpolicy discourses and documents. Using methods of discursive analysis, this argument isexamined in Ystad, known as one of the best preserved historic towns in the Scandinaviancountries. Study findings show that Ystad has become ‘well-preserved’ because it has notbeen allowed to change. While ‘well-preserved’ embraces protected materiality, it does notnecessarily mean sensitive attention to local values and cultural qualities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2012.
Heritage, Discourse, Storylines, Power, Ystad
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-93686OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-93686DiVA: diva2:517384
6th AESOP Young Academics Conference, University of Reading, UK 17-20 April 2012
ProjectsHeritage in Authority-Making
QP 20122012-04-232012-04-232012-04-24Bibliographically approved