Competition and the Development of Authorised Heritage Discourses in a Re-emergent Scottish Nation

  • Malcolm A. CooperEmail author
Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH, volume 1)


In seeking to understand the nature and development of cultural resource management in the Britain, it is common to explore the form and nature of heritage legislation—that is, the specific drafting of legislative sections and their intentions, and how legislation develops and changes over time. These are valuable studies, frequently identifying and contextualising the key drivers (social, economic, intellectual and others) for change in the legislation and accompanying policy. In recent years we have also seen the emergence of the interdisciplinary field of heritage studies, investigating how government-initiated activities supported by official regulation create a particular type of “heritage” and heritage practice (see for example Sorenson and Carman 2009; Smith and Akagawa 2009; Labadi and Long 2010) and which explores how competing discourses between the “official” heritage and others are operationalised and experienced.


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I would like to thank Geoffrey Stell, Iain Anderson, Deborah Mays, Richard Fawcett and Allan Rutherford for discussions about castles and castle restoration, for allowing me access to their unpublished research, and above all for introducing me to the “swampy lowlands” of the authorised heritage discourse in relation to castle and tower-house restoration in Scotland. I would also like to give particular thanks to Michael Macgregor for allowing me to use his beautiful photograph of Eilian Donan castle in the snow ( I must also thank Malcolm Sparrow at Harvard University for sharing his broad experience on regulation philosophy and the daunting political and media challenges faced by regulatory bodies across the world. I would also like to thank the editors of this volume for their helpful comments.


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