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Uses of Heritage - Laurajane Smith

Hardcover Published: 9th August 2006
ISBN: 9780415318303
Number Of Pages: 351

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Examining international case studies including USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Laurajane Smith identifies and explores the use of heritage throughout the world.

Challenging the idea that heritage value is self-evident, and that things must be preserved because they have an inherent importance, Smith forcefully demonstrates that heritage value is not inherent in physical objects or places, but rather that these objects and places are used to give tangibility to the values that underpin different communities and to assert and affirm these values.

A practically grounded accessible examination of heritage as a cultural practice, The Uses of Heritage is global in its benefit to students and field professionals alike.

Industry Reviews

'The book is very well-researched and it is refreshing to read chapters based on survey results rather than opinion... This book offers lots of ideas about the nature of heritage, has good case studies and an academic approach to the issues based on many years experience.' - Australian Archaeology

List of figuresp. x
List of tablesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The idea of heritagep. 9
The discourse of heritagep. 11
There is no such thing as 'heritage'p. 13
When was heritage?p. 16
The authorized heritage discourse and its usep. 29
Subaltern and dissenting heritage discoursesp. 35
Conclusionp. 42
Heritage as a cultural processp. 44
Heritage as experiencep. 45
Heritage as identityp. 48
The intangibility of heritagep. 53
Memory and rememberingp. 57
Heritage as performancep. 66
Placep. 74
Dissonancep. 80
Conclusionp. 82
Authorized heritagep. 85
Authorizing institutions of heritagep. 87
Venice Charterp. 88
World Heritage Conventionp. 95
Burra Charterp. 102
Intangible heritagep. 106
Conclusionp. 113
The 'manored' past: The banality of grandiloquencep. 115
The country house as authorized heritagep. 117
Knowing your place: Performing identities at the country housep. 129
Conclusionp. 158
Fellas, fossils and country: The Riversleigh landscapep. 162
Riversleigh World Heritage Sitep. 163
The Australian landscape as authorized cultural heritagep. 168
The Riversleigh sense of placep. 173
Conclusionp. 191
Responses to authorized heritagep. 193
Labour heritage: Performing and rememberingp. 195
Museums and heritagep. 197
'Better rememberings from here': Remembering and the negotiation of social meaning and identityp. 207
Conclusionp. 234
The slate wiped clean? Heritage, memory and landscape in Castleford, West Yorkshire, Englandp. 237
History and placep. 240
'But Miss, what's the black lump?' Memory and heritage in Castlefordp. 247
Performance, remembering and commemoration: Heritage as community networkingp. 265
Conclusionp. 272
'The issue is control': Indigenous politics and the discourse of heritagep. 276
The history of Indigenous critique - or why the control of heritage mattersp. 277
Cultural differences and discursive barriersp. 283
Controlling heritagep. 287
Conclusionp. 297
Conclusionp. 299
Notesp. 309
Referencesp. 312
Indexp. 342
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ISBN: 9780415318303
ISBN-10: 0415318300
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 351
Published: 9th August 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 16.0  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1