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Politics of solidarity in the context of European heritage : The cases of the European Solidarity Centre and Hambach Castle (2020)

Čeginskas, V. L. A., & Kaasik-Krogerus, S. (2020). Politics of solidarity in the context of European heritage : The cases of the European Solidarity Centre and Hambach Castle. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 26(10), 998-1012. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2019.1663235

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All authors or editors: Čeginskas, Viktorija L. A.; Kaasik-Krogerus, Sigrid

Journal or series: International Journal of Heritage Studies

ISSN: 1352-7258

eISSN: 1470-3610

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 26

Issue number: 10

Pages range: 998-1012

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2019.1663235

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66381


This article explores the politics of solidarity in the framework of constructing a common cultural heritage of the European Union. The politics of solidarity stems from the notion of solidarity embedded to European heritage. We use critical heritage studies as a theoretical approach that understands heritage as an inherently dissonant social construct, produced by various actors according to political, economic and social interests. The study analyses empirical data from the European Heritage Label (EHL), a flagship heritage action of the EU that communicates shared values and a sense of identification to European citizens. Our empirical data includes ethnographic observation as well as interviews with experts and visitors at two EHL sites, the Hambach Castle (Germany) and the European Solidarity Centre (Poland). The sites specifically mediate the notion of solidarity to the visitors as a bottom-up process that has a strong potential to produce societal change. Our analysis shows how the EHL conducts twofold politics of solidarity. First, by designating the label to this kind of site, solidarity is embedded into European heritage. Second, by heritagising solidarity, the EHL endeavours to evoke a sense of solidarity among contemporary Europeans.

Keywords: cultural heritage; European Union countries; European identity; solidarity; critical theory

Free keywords: politics of solidarity; critical heritage studies; communication; transformation; EU; EHL

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Reporting Year: 2020

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