Heritage Landscapes

  • Elizabeth Kryder-Reid
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_388-2

Introduction

Heritage landscapes, also referred to as cultural landscapes, represent some of the most well-known landmarks on earth and some of the most contentious. Their complexity, scale, and significance often mean that these landscapes are valued for different reasons and used for conflicting purposes, creating challenges for those who seek to manage and preserve them. An increasing awareness of the importance, multivalence, and political import of heritage landscapes has brought them to the fore of debates within the heritage community over issues of control, access, purpose, and preservation.

Definition

The term “heritage landscape” brings together two concepts, each of which is a cultural construction. As W. J. T. Mitchell (2002: 1) has suggested, landscape is “a process by which social and subjective identities are formed” and should be thought of as a verb rather than a noun. Similarly, heritage is a product of the shared values and beliefs predicated on the relationship of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and Museum StudiesIndiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)IndianapolisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vicky Kynourgiopoulou
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Global StudiesArcadia University/ Universita' degli Studi di Roma TreRomeItaly