The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice

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Pub. Date: 2018-08-08
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The field of cultural heritage is no longer solely dependent on the expertise of art and architectural historians, archaeologists, conservators, curators, and site and museum administrators. It has dramatically expanded across disciplinary boundaries and social contexts, with even the basic definition of what constitutes cultural heritage being widened far beyond the traditional categories of architecture, artifacts, archives, and art. Heritage now includes vernacular architecture, intangible cultural practices, knowledge, and language, performances and rituals, as well as cultural landscapes. Heritage has also become increasingly entangled with the broader social, political, and economic contexts in which heritage is created, managed, transmitted, protected, or even destroyed. Heritage protection now encompasses a growing set of methodological approaches whose objectives are not necessarily focused upon the maintenance of material fabric, which has traditionally been cultural heritage's primary concern. The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice charts some of the major sites of convergence between the humanities and the social sciences, where new disciplinary perspectives are being brought to bear on heritage. These convergences have the potential to provide the interdisciplinary expertise needed not only to critique but also to achieve the intertwined intellectual, political, and socioeconomic goals of cultural heritage in the twenty-first century. This volume highlights the potential contributions of development studies, political science, anthropology, management studies, human geography, ecology, psychology, sociology, cognitive studies, and education to heritage studies.

Author Biography

Dr. Angela M. Labrador is a cultural anthropologist who has combined her scholarly and professional interest in cultural property issues with the development of participatory action research methods for community-based heritage initiatives. Her dissertation, Shared Heritage: An Anthropological Theory and Methodology for Assessing, Enhancing, and Communicating a Future-Oriented Social Ethic of Heritage Protection, drew on real-world heritage practices in New England and the Caribbean to offer a visionary overview of the potential of an inclusive, ethical public heritage.

Neil Asher Silberman is a widely published author, historian, and heritage professional, and the editor-in-chief of the three-volume Oxford Companion to Archaeology (2012). He is the author of books on the social and political impact of the past on the present spanning from Digging for God & Country (Knof, 1982) to The Bible Unearthed (Free Press, 2001). For the last fifteen years, he has served in various academic and professional capacities to help develop and promote the emerging field of Public Heritage. He served for a decade (2005-2015) as president of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation and as a member of the ICOMOS International Advisory Committee.

Silberman and Labrador are colleagues at Coherit Associates, an international heritage consultancy. They are the co-authors of the forthcoming Oxford Guide to Public Heritage: Managing, Promoting, and Protecting Shared Cultural Assets.

Table of Contents

About the Editors
List of Contributors


Public Heritage as Social Practice
Angela M. Labrador and Neil Asher Silberman

Part I: Heritage, Development, and Global Relations

1.1 Creating Universal Value: The UNESCO World Heritage Convention in Its Fifth Decade
Christoph Brumann

1.2 The Suffocated Cultural Heritage of Sub-Saharan Africa's Protected Areas
Susan O. Keitumetse and Arpakwa O. Sikorei

1.3 Sustainable Conservation of Urban Heritage: The Contribution of Governance-Focused Studies
Eduardo Rojas

1.4 Heritage and the Politics of Cooperation
Tim Winter

1.5 Culture, Heritage, and the Politics of Becoming
Joanie Willett

Part II: Heritage, Markets, and Management

2.1 Problematizing the Idea of Heritage Management
Marina Dantas de Figueiredo

2.2 Heritage and Management, Professional Utopianism, Administrative Naiveté, and Organizational Uncertainty at the Shipwrecks of Pisa
Luca Zan and Daniel Shoup

2.3 Accounting for What We Treasure: Economic Valuation of Public Heritage
Sheila Ellwood

2.4 Cultural Heritage: Capital, Commons, and Heritages
Christian Barrère

2.5 Heritage as Remaking: Locating Heritage in the Contemporary World
Scott A. Lukas

2.6 Culturally Reflexive Stewardship: Conserving Ways of Life
Robert H. Winthrop

Part III: Heritage and the Use of Power

3.1 Neoliberalism and the Equivocations of Empire
Jim McGuigan

3.2 Public Heritage and the Promise of the Digital
Jenny Kidd

3.3 On the Need for a Nuanced Understanding of "Community" in Heritage Policy and Practice
Martin Mulligan

3.4 "What Could Be More Reasonable?" Collaboration in Colonial Contexts
Marina La Salle and Richard M. Hutchings

3.5 The Special Responsibility of Public Spaces to Dismantle White Supremacist Historical Narratives
Karen L. B. Burgard and Michael L. Boucher, Jr.

3.6 Public Heritage as Transformative Experience: The Co-occupation of Place and Decision-Making
David M. Schaepe

Part IV: Living with Change

4.1 The Social Sciences: What Role in Conservation?
Ned Kaufman

4.2 People in Place: Local Planning to Preserve Diverse Cultures
James Michael Buckley

4.3 Heritage as an Element of the Scenescape
Martha Frish Okabe, Daniel Silver, and Terry Nichols Clark

4.4 Contesting the Aesthetic Construction of Community: The New Suburban Landscape
Denise Lawrence-Zúñiga

4.5 Agricultural Heritage and Conservation Beyond the Anthropocene
Daniel Niles

4.6 Public Heritage in the Symbiocene
Glenn A. Albrecht

Part V: Heritage, Memory, and Well-Being

5.1 Mapping Authenticity: Cognition and Emotion in Public Heritage
Steven J Mock

5.2 Understanding Well-Being: A Mechanism for Measuring the Impact of Heritage Practice on Well-Being
Faye Sayer

5.3 Effects of Conversations with Sites of Public Heritage on Collective Memory
Martin M. Fagin

5.4 Intergenerational Learning: A Tool for Building and Transforming Cultural Heritage
Giulia Cortellesi, Jessica Harpley, and Margaret Kernan


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