Visitor encounters with the Great Barrier Reef: aesthetics, heritage and the senses

Pocock, Celmara (2020) Visitor encounters with the Great Barrier Reef: aesthetics, heritage and the senses. Routledge Studies in Heritage, 16. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Milton Park, United kingdom. ISBN 978-1-138-04991-8

Abstract

Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef explores how visitor encounters have shaped the history and heritage of the reef. Moving beyond the visual aesthetic significance, the book highlights the importance of multi-sensuous experiences in understanding the region as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, the book describes how visitors have experienced the Great Barrier Reef through personal embodied encounters and the mechanisms they have used to understand, access and share these experiences with others. Illustrating how such experiences contribute to a knowledge of place, Pocock also explores the vital role of reproduction and photography in sharing experiences with those who have never been there. The second part of the book analyses visitor experiences and demonstrates how they underpin three key frames through which the Reef is understood and valued: the islands as paradise, the underwater coral gardens, and the singular Great Barrier Reef. Acknowledging that these constructs are increasingly removed from human
experience, Pocock demonstrates that they are nevertheless integral to
recognition of the region as a World Heritage Site.

Demonstrating how experiences of the Reef have changed over time, Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef should be of interest to academics
and students working in the fields of heritage studies, history and tourism. It should also be of interest to heritage practitioners working around the globe.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 04:59
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 01:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: World Heritage, senses, aesthetic value, place, hyper-real, tourism, heritage, UNESCO, Great Barrier Reef, visitors, history, photography, conservation
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
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210299 Curatorial and Related Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950305 Conserving Natural Heritage
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36941

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