Authenticity in cultural heritage management and tourism

Pocock, Celmara (2006) Authenticity in cultural heritage management and tourism. Historic Environment, 19 (2). pp. 3-8. ISSN 0726-6715


Heritage conservation and heritage tourism are frequently characterised as oppositional practices. This polarisation not only suggests that tourism practices run counter to conservation aspirations, but it allows heritage professionals to imagine tourism as morally separate and even inferior to conservation. However, tourism is increasingly regarded as an important source of financial revenue to achieve the aims of heritage conservation. Thus tourism is regarded as something of a 'necessary evil'- necessary because it can provide resources for cultural heritage management and conservation, but 'evil' because it simultaneously undermines conservation efforts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 23:58
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: authenticity; heritage; history; tourism; commodification
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950307 Conserving the Historic Environment

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