The work and historiography of heritage studies and preservation rely significantly on a growth model. They present disciplinary engagements with their subject of study as a slow progression towards a more effective and sustainable involvement of diverse voices, values, and methodological approaches. In this paper, however, I address the role of failure in this field using the particular example of a heritage civil society in Doha, Qatar. How does the field of heritage studies address negative results and what does this reveal about the scope and aims of an expanding discipline?

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