Who benefits? World Heritage and Indigenous people

Pocock, Celmara and Lilley, Ian (2018) Who benefits? World Heritage and Indigenous people. Heritage and Society, 10 (2). pp. 171-190. ISSN 2159-032X


This paper provides the context for a continuing research project on the potential benefits of World Heritage Listing for Indigenous people. The benefits of World Heritage listing are regarded as obvious by advocates of the system, but this view is not shared by many Indigenous communities. This paper provides an assessment of the issues that create conflict between the World Heritage system and Indigenous people. A review of academic and policy literature suggests that the World Heritage System is incompatible with many aspects of Indigenous worldviews, and that conflict arises over issues of sovereignty and translation. These deep-seated issues make it impossible for the World Heritage system to stay abreast of Indigenous concerns, and as a consequence World Heritage continues to be a site of protest and contestation for Indigenous people. This discursive essay offers preliminary insights from research currently underway using Australian case studies to explore these issues.

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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 03:17
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 22:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: World Heritage, Indigenous, benefits, costs, sovereignty, conflict
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 > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/2159032X.2018.1503836
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35196

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