Heritage policy meets community praxis: widening conservation approaches in the traditional villages of central Greece

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Disparities between experts' and local communities’ notions of heritage constitute a key area of concern in narratives on democratic and inclusive approaches to heritage conservation. However, the differentiating underlying reasons for heritage delineation remain underexplored. By examining official and local understandings of heritage in Greek traditional settlements, the current paper interrogates the factors behind heritage ascription and classification. Focusing on rural living heritage places and breaking through the ancient glorified Classical past, the paper sheds light on a less known, contemporary and lived heritage which is however equally important for the modern Greek identity. In the context of a profound authorised heritage discourse, the paper questions the tension between official heritage policy and community notions of heritage, revealing multi-layered and not necessarily contrasting knitting of heritage meanings, problematizing its role in fostering heritage co-production.

Bibliographic note

Funding Information: This work has been supported by Bodossaki Foundation in Greece. I would also wish to thank Professor Mike Robinson for his constructive feedback and constant support. Publisher Copyright: © 2020


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Early online date23 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Living heritage, Local community, Traditional villages