Contesting the center

Pocock, Celmara and Jones, Sian (2018) Contesting the center. Heritage and Society, 10 (2). pp. 99-108. ISSN 2159-032X


The twenty-first century has witnessed significant changes in heritage management practice and scholarship. This paper suggests that many of these innovations and changes have emerged as a consequence of protest or provocation from groups outside the established heritage profession. While the centre and the periphery are relative terms, the periphery in heritage can be regarded as geographic and spatial but also political, social and cultural. The periphery might therefore include regional or minority communities, indigenous peoples, regional and remote areas or even fields of scholarship. The periphery is thus a socio-political space that reflects power inequalities and differential rights from those at the centre. Where the periphery is able to critique the centre, the relationship between the two is renegotiated. This paper suggests that in moving between the centre and the periphery, innovations in heritage emerge. While heritage regimes have undergone significant reformation, this paper suggests that it is the periphery that has advocated, and acted as the catalyst, for change.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Volume date is 2017, but publication date is 2018. Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 04:45
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 22:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: contested heritage, heritage management, marginalized, centre, periphery
Fields of Research : 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
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/2159032X.2018.1457301

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