Heritage: Forms, Grammar and Circulation

  • Manon Istasse
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)


Although the issue of heritage may seem relatively absent from houses in Fez, being just a quality among others, heritage is not limited to houses in Fez but may take the various forms described in Chapter  2. The multiple forms of heritage encountered in Fez follow their own logic and have their own features. It is therefore fallacious to approach and evaluate one form through the features of another. However, they all share certain features, which I call ‘heritage grammar’. It means that each form of heritage shares four features: namely, a specific relation to the past, the idea of culture as an existing entity, the importance of expertise and moral principles. Heritage, its grammar and its forms also circulate and anchor in specific situations through a translation process. Television documentaries, news reports, Internet websites and forums, Facebook groups and pages, YouTube movies circulate heritage and participate in the stabilisation, or formalisation, of heritage and its forms. It then appears that local and the global are qualities of what is located and framed in a situation for the first, or of what is intensively circulated for the second.


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  • Manon Istasse
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  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes ContemporainsUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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