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The ex/inclusion paradox in heritage management: the Mobarak mosque in The Hague

Karim van Knippenberg (Department for Mobility and Spatial Planning, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)
Martijn Duineveld (Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University and Research, The Hague, Netherlands)
Marleen Buizer (Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University and Research, The Hague, Netherlands)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Article publication date: 30 March 2020

Issue publication date: 15 June 2020

Abstract

Purpose

In the field of critical heritage studies, it has often been argued that a more inclusive and participatory heritage management approach neutralises differences and can contribute to a more contemporary, plural, democratic and inclusive notion of heritage. Yet, the needs and aspirations of those assumed being excluded from heritage making are not always taken into account, because the analysis and critique often focussed on the dominant heritage discourses, organisations and institutions. This paper conceptualises heritage from below and explores and reconceptualises how subdominant notions of heritage relate to dominant, institutionalised conceptualisations of heritage.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a case study of the Mobarak mosque in The Hague, the authors present the multiplicity of subdominant conceptualisations of heritage, the ways heritage is (expected to be) recognised and represented by the community and the complexity of issues of social inclusion/exclusion.

Findings

The authors conclude that inclusive and/or participatory heritage management practices are inclusive in name only when the needs and aspirations of those seemingly being “excluded” are not fully understood and taken into account.

Originality/value

A binary heritage/non-heritage framework, the authors argue, is limited to understand matter that matters. Also the authors find that the assumption that there is a growing desire among local community groups to include their histories and related materialities as heritage in the dominant heritage discourse should be challenged.

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Citation

van Knippenberg, K., Duineveld, M. and Buizer, M. (2020), "The ex/inclusion paradox in heritage management: the Mobarak mosque in The Hague", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 259-269. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-09-2019-0112

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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