Poverty and the Loss of Cultural Heritage Sites

Stefan Gruber, ‘Poverty and the Loss of Cultural Heritage Sites’ in: Yves Le Bouthillier, Miriam Alfie Cohen, José Juan González Marquez, Albert Mumma, and Susan Smith (eds) Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Law (Edward Elgar: 2012) 284-303

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/08

24 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009 Last revised: 22 Jan 2016

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Stefan Gruber

Wuhan University; The University of Sydney - Faculty of Law; Waseda University; Kyoto University - Hakubi Center for Advanced Research

Date Written: March 2, 2009

Abstract

Poverty does not only cause environmental degradation, but it often also leads to a significant drain on the cultural wealth of societies. What cultural and natural heritage have in common is that they are non-renewable resources, and many approaches and mechanisms for their protection are very similar. The effects and causes of poverty on cultural heritage sites are very diverse. They involve such things as a lack of funds and staff engaged in heritage protection, urbanization and gentrification, among others. Inhabited heritage sites are especially threatened by the effects of poverty. The aim of the chapter is to highlight those connections and to examine how provisions from different areas of law can assist in breaking this chain.

Keywords: poverty, heritage law, cultural heritage, urbanization, gentrification, cultural landscapes, World Heritage

JEL Classification: K10, K11, K30, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Gruber, Stefan, Poverty and the Loss of Cultural Heritage Sites (March 2, 2009). Stefan Gruber, ‘Poverty and the Loss of Cultural Heritage Sites’ in: Yves Le Bouthillier, Miriam Alfie Cohen, José Juan González Marquez, Albert Mumma, and Susan Smith (eds) Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Law (Edward Elgar: 2012) 284-303, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/08, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1352116

Stefan Gruber (Contact Author)

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