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Managing Cultural Landscapes

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Edited by Ken Taylor, Jane Lennon


382 pages

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One of our deepest needs is for a sense of identity and belonging. A common feature in this is human attachment to landscape and how we find identity in landscape and place. The late 1980s and early 1990s saw a remarkable flowering of interest in, and understanding of, cultural landscapes. With these came a challenge to the 1960s and 1970s concept of heritage concentrating on great monuments and archaeological locations, famous architectural ensembles, or historic sites with connections to the rich and famous. Managing Cultural Landscapes explores the latest thought in landscape and place by:

airing critical discussion of key issues in cultural landscapes through accessible accounts of how the concept of cultural landscape applies in diverse contexts across the globe and is inextricably tied to notions of living history where landscape itself is a rich social history record

  • widening the notion that landscape only involves rural settings to embrace historic urban landscapes/townscapes
  • examining critical issues of identity, maintenance of traditional skills and knowledge bases in the face of globalization, and new technologies
  • fostering international debate with interdisciplinary appeal to provide a critical text for academics, students, practitioners, and informed community organizations
  • discussing how the cultural landscape concept can be a useful management tool relative to current issues and challenges.

With contributions from an international group of authors, Managing Cultural Landscapes provides an examination of the management of heritage values of cultural landscapes from Australia, Japan, China, USA, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia, Pacific Islands, India and the Philippines; it reviews critically the factors behind the removal of Dresden and its cultural landscape from World Heritage listing and gives an overview of Historic Urban Landscape thinking.


‘… finally a book has been published that provides an overview of knowledge and experience gained in a significant number of countries outside Europe in the day-to-day management of this important category of heritage … Managing Cultural Landscapes edited by Ken Taylor and Jane Lennon is a timely and much needed book on the key issues facing government officials, heritage professionals and local communities…’ - Dr Ron van Oers, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

‘[Taylor and Lennon] display their substantial knowledge of and experience in the subject, which radiates through their individual contributions as well as through their analyses and selection of papers. Contributors to this volume include well-known experts in the international field of heritage conservation, which adds to the strength and authority of the book.’ - Dr Ron van Oers, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

"The credentials of the contributors are impeccable. Although the text is peppered with academic references, this adds richness to what is a highly readable and accessible book. This is a rewarding and valuable book with considerable depth." -Liz Lake in Context

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Attachment to Place 2. Emergence of the Cultural Landscape 3. New Applications 4. Managing their Heritage Values

About the Editors

Ken Taylor AM is an Adjunct Professor in the Research School of Humanities & the Arts and Program Advisor to Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage & Arts, The Australian National University; Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture and former Co-Director, Cultural Heritage Research Centre, University of Canberra; Visiting Professor Silpakorn University, Bangkok.

Jane L Lennon AM is an historical geographer who worked for twenty years in national park planning, historic site management and was an inaugural member of the Australian Heritage Council. She has a PhD on the evolution of cultural landscape conservation in Australia from Deakin University where she is currently an Adjunct Professor.

About the Series

Key Issues in Cultural Heritage

Key Issues in Cultural Heritage is a new and unique series which aims to identify interdisciplinary debates within the changing and under-theorized field of Heritage Studies and to explore how they impact on the practices not only of heritage management and conservation, but also the processes of production, consumption and engagement with heritage in its many and varied forms. Each volume brings together a selection of international contributors and global case studies, providing a balance of theoretical and empirical content.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology