Miasto, którego nie ma? Konstruowanie historii i dziedzictwa kulturalnego Bańskiej Szczawnicy w perspektywie antropologicznej
A city which does not exist? Constructing the history and cultural heritage of Banska Štiavnica from the anthropological perspective
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In the following article I explore how a body of selected historical events and processes are constructed and utilized by local authorities and cultural institutions in former mining city of Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia. I focus on local narratives and practices which I perceive as a local historical discourse. I argue that this discourse is a main source of metaphors constructing local identity and depicting local material and nonmaterial cultural heritage. I recognize the following metaphors: “the myth of pioneers and longue durée” and „the rhetoric of fight: fight against nature and history”. These key-metaphors serve as a guide for explorations of local identity and city` cultural roots.
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