Regional identity and heritage in Romagna

Fariselli, Elisa (2019). Regional identity and heritage in Romagna. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The aim of this research is to assess the relationship between heritage and identity in Romagna through the lens of heritage studies as it was only explored within historical frameworks. The objectives of this research include the analysis of the relationship between local identity and heritage through an ethnographic fieldwork among local people; the application of the key concepts of heritage studies to explain the value of heritage underpinning both the senses of identity and place in Romagna; and the development of the habitus theory in this specific context.

Key findings are the understanding of the past and current uses of heritage in Romagna to convey both the feeling of Romagnoliness and the sense of place primarily through intangible heritage, while tangible heritage is often perceived as animage of the city and distant from identity feelings; and the legitimation of some “old” cultural practices still reflecting identity feelings. The application of heritage studies notions and the habitus theory clarifies why intangible heritage better conveys the Romagnolian identity, and explains how locals still turn places, objects and practices into heritage. Finally, a full involvement of the local community within a holistic approach to the Romagnolian heritage is desirable.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of History and Cultures, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA)
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology


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