Heritage, Gender and Identity

Authored by: Smith Laurajane

The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity

Print publication date:  April  2008
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754649229
eBook ISBN: 9781315613031
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043249


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Gender tends to be overlooked in discussions of ‘heritage’. When it is addressed, it is often related to women’s issues. Just as many people tend to believe that ideology is what other people believe, and ethnicity is what people unlike ourselves possess, ‘gender’ all too often gets treated as what women have – a women’s problem – as if men have no gender. In this chapter, I am going to address a more rounded sense of what gender is, and discuss how differing and changing ideas about masculinity and femininity – different ways of being a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ – interact with ‘heritage’.

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