Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Världsarvets villkor: Intressen, förhandlingar och bruk i internationell politik
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2006 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
UNESCO's World Heritage : On the Preconditions of International Policy (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis depicts the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972), an international law for the protection of natural and cultural heritage sites, as an example of the multiple practices within international policy making. By analysing its transnational constitution, I show how the Convention is constructed in and between locales through bureaucratic and diplomatic procedures characterised by intersecting political and economic interests.

Using neo-institutional theory, I argue that organisations such as UNESCO frame problems as global, provide solutions, and organise the actions of states, organizations, and individuals; furthermore, my research not only illustrates how this occurs but also explores the preconditions of international policy making. While adhering to its officially proclaimed aspirations, states, organisations, and individuals also use the Convention for other purposes such as international prestige, career advancement, publicity, identity, development, tourism – even war. Such contending interests raise the question of explaining the success of the Convention and thereby the preconditions of policy making at the international level.

A conclusion reached by this study shows that growing interest in the Convention can be regarded to result only partially from the general acceptance of its global rhetoric and morally vested perspective or the need for states to gain legitimacy by engaging in international relations. My thesis proposes that rather than by its official aims and formal procedures, the Convention is constituted primarily through complex informal relations, concurring contexts, and external structures.

Data for this ethnographic study consists of field notes from participant observations during UNESCO meetings in France, Morocco, Australia, and at the Convention’s secretariat. A case study of the Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland, a Swedish World Heritage site, is also included, along with interviews, documents, and media.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2006. , 220 p.
Series
Stockholm studies in ethnology, ISSN 1653-851X ; 1
Keyword [en]
World Heritage, UNESCO, international organisations, international policy, globalisation, bureaucracy, heritage, translocal fieldwork
National Category
Ethnology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1248ISBN: 91-85445-41-X (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-1248DiVA: diva2:189692
Public defence
2006-09-29, De Geersalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 8 A, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2006-08-31 Created: 2006-08-31 Last updated: 2012-07-10Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(2485 kB)8507 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 2485 kBChecksum SHA-1
41580b9bb17ae7788639ca340248ba729b25657ebb9c0044ec6df9a076146903aa2d0ee6
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf
cover(1514 kB)205 downloads
File information
File name COVER01.pdfFile size 1514 kBChecksum SHA-1
ddf5312475d9fc998f6ed79faedcc05f361ac525b70487b0f4f455aaf83181bed48581c2
Type coverMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Köp bok/Buy book
By organisation
Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies
Ethnology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 8507 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 7553 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf