1st Edition

Heritage is Movement Heritage Management and Research in a Diverse and Plural World

By Tod Jones Copyright 2024
    184 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents new ways of understanding heritage and heritage work. It addresses the ways physical processes of creation, maintenance and decay are entangled with cultural and political processes of management, access and care.

    The book analyzes a critical practice of heritage work oriented to recognizing and collaborating with diverse knowledge holders and their practices of caring for heritage. This requires rethinking accepted heritage concepts, such as heritage management, artifact, site and the definition of heritage itself. The book presents an engaging and applied approach to this task through examples that include Majapahit statues and temples in Indonesia, skating in London, an online heritage movement, building bivouacs in Australia, First Nations advocacy for Country and batik collections in the Netherlands.

    Offering a new model for collaborative heritage research and analysis, this book will be of interest to researchers, students and practitioners. Drawing from developments from the posthumanities, cultural geography and critical heritage studies, it presents a collaborative mode of scholarship and writing that considers how people care for and use the things history leaves them.

    List of figures and tables


    List of contributors


    Introduction: Heritage, movement and the care of precious things

    Tod Jones

    1 Making bivouacs, sustaining heritage: How heritage is movement in configuration with an environment

    Tod Jones

    2 A response to skate heritage

    Tod Jones

    3 Why heritage is movement in configuration with an environment: A framework for heritage based on flows rather than objects

    Tod Jones

    4 Scale and world heritage on the Ningaloo Coast

    Tod Jones, Roy Jones, and Michael Hughes

    5 Residents and artifacts

    Tod Jones and Adrian Perkasa

    6 Sites: Reconstruction and resident relationships with Majapahit heritage

    Tod Jones and Adrian Perkasa

    7 Settler colonial cultural landscapes: Badimia experiences of advocating for their sovereignty, community and Country

    Tod Jones and Carol Dowling

    8 How social media changes heritage (and everything else)

    Tod Jones, Transpiosa Riomandha, and Hairus Salim

    9 Bol Brutu visits Cirebon: Reminiscences of a blusukan

    Transpiosa Riomandha

    10 Living cultures and heritage processes: Heritagization and batik

    Tod Jones

    Conclusion: How to make heritage studies about the care of precious things

    Tod Jones

    Appendix: Information on research methods used in Heritage is Movement

    Tod Jones


    Tod Jones is an Associate Professor in Geography in the School of Design and Built Environment, Curtin University. He has worked on cultural policy and heritage issues in Indonesia and Australia since 1999. His current research brings cultural and political geography concepts and tools in dialogue with heritage concepts and frameworks to issues of heritage management. He has worked with Aboriginal communities across Western Australia on community cultural development initiatives, and with heritage groups in Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. He has published two books: Culture, power and authoritarianism in the Indonesian state (2013) and a co-authored collection with Ali Mozaffari, Heritage movements in Asia (2020). He has published articles in the leading heritage studies journals, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Heritage and Society, and International Journal of Cultural Policy. Altogether he has been leading author or a contributor on 29 peer-reviewed journal articles and 11 book chapters. His research on Indonesian cultural policy was debated in the Indonesian parliament and influenced the new national cultural policy legislation.

    In this erudite work, Jones synthesizes interdisciplinary theoretical sophistication with meticulously grounded empirical observations, presenting them in accessible prose. Balancing concepts with concrete situations, Heritage is Movement is a timely reminder that heritage is consequential for people's lives in real, tangible ways. The book is written with care for places, for people, for the work of other thinkers, and above all, for the reader. It will be useful for students, academics, and practitioners in heritage studies and cognate fields.

    -Ali Mozaffari, Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University, Australia and Author of Development, architecture, and the formation of heritage in late twentieth-century Iran (Manchester with Nigel Westbrook)