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Anna Green
Kathleen Troup

with associated risks. Approaches to heritage are often more celebratory than investigative, and national sites may act as a focal point for an aggrandizing patriotism. Public funding can come attached to a ‘particular vision of social harmony’, or an idealized image of the past, excluding those aspects that were violent or repressive. 6 Heritage may be part of urban redevelopment with the goal of attracting tourism rather than historical fidelity, and is a form of consumption and entertainment in the present. 7 As David Lowenthal pointed out, ‘the past is a

in The houses of history
Edward Ashbee

more isolated and detached from the social fabric than in the past (Putnam, 2000 ). Changes in the character of party organisation may also have played a part. In the past, neighbourhood party organisers encouraged turnout. However, urban redevelopment swept away the cohesive and relatively homogeneous neighbourhoods in the inner-city areas, and there are far fewer party activists at precinct and county level. Others argue that the very large number of elections discourages turnout. Voters, they say, become bored

in US politics today (fourth edition)