Identifying social values in archival sources: change, continuity and invention in tourist experiences of the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2002) Identifying social values in archival sources: change, continuity and invention in tourist experiences of the Great Barrier Reef. In: 6th International Symposium: a multi-disciplinary Symposium on Coastal Zone Research, Management and Planning (Littoral 2002): The Changing Coast, 22-26 Sep 2002, Porto, Portugal.

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The significance of heritage places is primarily assessed on the basis of physical characteristics that are understood through architectural or artistic aesthetics, and archaeological or historic interpretations. Social value is a criterion which allows consideration of heritage significance beyond these categories. In particular it is used as a means for marginalised groups to have their values considered and, importantly, it allows the consideration of cultural values in assessing the significance of natural regions. This paper proposes that, in addition to the current methods of direct enquiry, textual sources and observation may contribute to an understanding of social significance. The history of visitor experiences on the Great Barrier Reef is used as a case study to demonstrate how these methods can identify social significance for past communities and provide a mechanism by which to validate and interpret contemporary social value.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 04:38
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 04:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: coastal; visitor experience; Great Barrier Reef; tourism policy; planning; natural areas; social heritage; saltmarsh; dunes; erosion; flooding
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified

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