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Uses of Heritage - Laurajane Smith

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Published: 16th August 2006
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Australian National University - School of Archaeology and Anthropology HUMN2000: Heritage Studies

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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.

'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

Introduction
The idea of heritage
The discourse of heritage
Heritage as cultural process
Authorised heritage
Authorising institutions of heritage
The 'manored' past: The banality of grandiloquence
Fellas, fossils and country - the Riversleigh landscape
Responses to authorised heritage
Labour heritage: Performing and Remembering
The slate wiped clean? Labour heritage, memory and landscape in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England
'The issue is control': Indigenous politics and the discourse of heritage Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780415318310
ISBN-10: 0415318319
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 16th August 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 17.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1