Conclusion: Roles governments play in shaping the symbolic landscape

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The volume concludes with the observation that governments play a major role in the continuing process of shaping and re-shaping of a society’s symbolic landscape. What has also become clear is that governments do not act as unitary actors, but play different and often conflicting roles. We should thus speak of ‘the roles of governments,’ instead of ‘the role of government.’ We have also seen that what is important is not so much the role governments play in instances of cultural contestation, but rather the way they shape the symbolic landscape. As this volume demonstrated, governments always have a part in this, by articulating historical narratives and heritage discourses through policies. The various and conflicting roles governments play in instances of cultural contestation are an effect of their actions in shaping and re-shaping the symbolic landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Contestation
Subtitle of host publicationHeritage, Identity and the Role of Government
EditorsJeroen Rodenberg, Pieter Wagenaar
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave McMillan
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319919140
ISBN (Print)9783319919133
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict


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