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The policy of non-discrimination regarding the protection and celebration of minority cultural heritage, combined with limited financial resources, leads to a virtual denial of the minority phenomenon and invites external involvement in processes of politicization and, eventually, contestation of this heritage.

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This paper shows cultural policy-makers that non-discrimination in matters related to minority cultural heritage can lead to the fading of this heritage. Especially when non-discrimination is accompanied by limited financial resources in the realm of culture, then, regional kin-states may intervene in the direction of the protection and celebration of minority cultural heritage of another state pushing own agendas and politicizing this heritage. The paper also suggests low-cost international best practices, by which minority cultural heritage can be manifested and celebrated within institutions mostly devoted to the cultural heritage of (the) majoritarian ethnic group(s).

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I hope that this article could prove beneficial for countries with limited financial resources to do what they can to preserve and celebrate minority cultural heritage, thereby not encouraging external involvement in such matters by kin-states.

Konstantinos Giakoumis
Universiteti Europian i Tiranes

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This page is a summary of: The policy of non-discrimination and the protection of minority cultural heritage in Albania, International Journal of Cultural Policy, February 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2019.1567722.
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