Heritage Management, Tourism, and Governance in China

Managing the Past to Serve the Present

  • Robert J. Shepherd
  • Larry Yu

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE, volume 2)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management book sub series (BRIEFSARCHHERIT, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Robert J. Shepherd, Larry Yu
    Pages 1-4
  3. Robert J. Shepherd, Larry Yu
    Pages 5-11
  4. Robert J. Shepherd, Larry Yu
    Pages 13-32
  5. Robert J. Shepherd, Larry Yu
    Pages 33-45
  6. Robert J. Shepherd, Larry Yu
    Pages 47-66
  7. Robert J. Shepherd, Larry Yu
    Pages 67-83
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 85-90

About this book


​This monograph analyzes current cultural resource management, archeological heritage management, and exhibitionary practices and policies in the People’s Republic of China. Academic researchers, preservationists, and other interested parties face a range of challenges for the preservation of the material past as rapid economic and social changes continue in China.   On the one hand, state-supported development policies often threaten and in some cases lead to the destruction of archeological and cultural sites. Yet state cultural policies also encourage the cultivation of precisely such sites as tourism development resources. This monograph aims to bring the concepts of world heritage sites, national tourism policies, ethnic tourism, and museum display together for a general cultural heritage audience. It focuses on a central issue: the tensions between a wide range of interest groups:  cultural anthropologists and archeologists, tourism officials, heritage proponents, economic development proponents, a new class of private rich with the means to buy artifacts, and a fragmented regulatory system. Behind all of them lies the political role of heritage in China, also addressed in this monograph.  


Chinese cultural heritage management economics of heritage management in China historical preservation in China museum development in China politics of preservation in China tourism development in China

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Shepherd
    • 1
  • Larry Yu
    • 2
  1. 1.The George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5917-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5918-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4910
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