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The Dynamics of Heritage: Contested use of spaces at the UNESCO listed forts and castles in two regions in Ghana
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is based on seven weeks of fieldwork in Central Region and Western Region in Ghana and discusses how UNESCO listed forts and castles in the area shall be preserved and used today. Through in-depth interviews with important stakeholders and through observations at forts and castles the intention is to unveil what conflicts are present and also how heritage is being negotiated among these actors. A key issue is whether the sites shall be regarded as commodities or as public memorials. Working with the theoretical concepts of space, place and heritage and how these can be understood in the chosen context the thesis seeks to explain how different actors are able to transform the way these edifices are being used. The thesis’ contribution and what makes it relevant is especially how it illuminates that heritage is constantly being re-produced as a response to input from stakeholders. It also stresses the challenges in how to deal with heritage property in the contemporary planning context.

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Keyword [en]
Ghana, space, place, sense of place, heritage, memorial, commodification, UNESCO
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91444OAI: diva2:633795
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-06-28 Created: 2013-06-27 Last updated: 2013-06-28Bibliographically approved

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