Aftermath pp 173-184 | Cite as

New Urban Frontiers and the Will to Belong

  • John Schofield

Here conflict archaeology is taken in a different direction, emphasising the wider social context beyond militarism and combat. This chapter describes a particular type of tension amongst urban communities, addressing the degree to which borders are constructed and used in the urban environment. It describes how people distinguish the places where they live from the ‘other’ that lies beyond, and how that separateness manifests itself both to the community and to those from outside. After a background that covers theoretical frameworks and relevant principles of heritage management, three case studies describe three distinct communities in London, with a view to assessing: the methods by which information might be gathered concerning these new urban frontiers; the tangible and intangible heritage that communities call their own (intangible in the sense of heritage without expression through material culture); and the difficulties that can arise where physical boundaries are imposed as...


Cultural Heritage Urban Space Social Significance Youth Culture Heritage Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.English HeritageSwindonUnited Kingdom

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