Sense matters: aesthetic values of the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2012) Sense matters: aesthetic values of the Great Barrier Reef. In: Museum objects: experiencing the properties of things. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), London, United Kingdom, pp. 241-253. ISBN 978-0-425-58177-6


The issue of aesthetics is barely debated within heritage management, even though decisions about aesthetic value continue to be made on a daily basis by practitioners. It is not the intention of this paper to review or summarise the extensive body of literature on the subject or to provide an overview of philosophical or psychological cognition of aesthetics. Rather, its purpose is to demonstrate that the failure of heritage-management practice to engage with theoretical discourse has produced inadequate methods and processes. Through the consideration of a case study, the paper illustrates how professional use of aesthetics, as a criterion to assess heritage significance, is simplistic and subject to misrepresentation. The example of the Great Barrier Reef is used to demonstrate how a lack of engagement with philosophies and theories can result in naive assessments and the loss of value.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2013 00:56
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 06:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; aesthetics; senses; heritage; sound; auditory; heritage assessment; significance; world heritage; casuarina
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified

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