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Legitimation of interventions in historic city areas: the case of the well–preserved Ystad

Conference contribution
Authors Feras Hammami
Published in Communication and Planning conference organized by the Young Academics of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)
Publication year 2012
Published at
Language en
Keywords Heritage; Discourse; Storylines; Power; Ystad
Subject categories History and Archaeology, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


This article investigates the discursive practices that work to authorise and legitimise particular heritage meanings and modes of conservation practices in historic city area. Despite democratic governance attempts to employ ‘inclusive’ conservation practices, certain groups’ discursive and material heritages become projected at the expense of others, albeit in a legitimised manner. It is argued in this article that discursive struggles in heritage practices are historically rooted, producing social and spatial consequences that are often overlooked in policy discourses and documents. Using methods of discursive analysis, this argument is examined in Ystad, known as one of the best preserved historic towns in the Scandinavian countries. Study findings show that Ystad has become ‘well-preserved’ because it has not been allowed to change. While ‘well-preserved’ embraces protected materiality, it does not necessarily mean sensitive attention to local values and cultural qualities.

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