Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef: Aesthetics, Heritage, and the Senses, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef

Aesthetics, Heritage, and the Senses, 1st Edition

By Celmara Pocock

Routledge

208 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-09-16
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Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef explores how visitor encounters have shaped the history and heritage of the reef. Moving beyond the visual aesthetic significance, the book highlights the importance of multi-sensual experiences in understanding the region as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, the book describes how visitors have experienced the Great Barrier Reef through personal embodied encounters and the mechanisms they have used to understand, access and share these experiences with others. Illustrating how such experiences contribute to a knowledge of place, Pocock also explores the vital role of reproduction and photography in sharing experiences with those who have never been there. The second part of the book analyses visitor experiences and demonstrates how they underpin three key frames through which the Reef is understood and valued: the islands as paradise, the underwater coral gardens, and the singular Great Barrier Reef. Acknowledging that these constructs are increasingly removed from human experience, Pocock nevertheless demonstrates that they are integral to recognition of the region as a World Heritage Site.

Demonstrating how experiences of the Reef have changed over time, Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef should be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of heritage studies, history and tourism. It should also be of interest to heritage practitioners working around the globe.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Introduction

World Heritage Values

New directions in heritage

The cultural bias and potential of aesthetic value

Aesthetics as Senses and Place

Visitor experience

References

PART I: VISITOR EXPERIENCES OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

Chapter 2

Orientation, wayfinding and cartographic knowledge of the Reef *

Disorientation and Danger

Controlling Danger: orientation and mapping

Science, tourism and navigation

Visitor Traditions of Orientation

In the Footsteps of the Navigators

Disorientation

Orientation: Continuity and Change

References *

Chapter 3

Visitors’ Sensuous Experiences at the Reef

Seeing the Reef

Feeling the Reef

Fossicking

Heat

Sea Water

Insects

Reef Sounds

Sighing She-Oaks

Birds

Whistling Sand

Smelling the Reef

Tasting the Reef

Turtle

Tropical flavours

Merging Senses and Movement

References

 

Chapter 4

Sharing Experience of the Reef with the World

Contact and Copy

The Means of Capture

Verbal and Written Description

Collections

Images

Transmission of Experience

The Panoramic View

The Underwater World

Representing a Multi-Sensuous Reef

References

PART II – CULTURAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

 

Chapter 5

Reef Islands as Signifiers of Paradise

Australian Landscapes of the Great Barrier Reef

Australian Bush as the Everyday

In Pursuit of Paradise

The Coconut Palm as Signifier of Paradise Found

The Coconut Palm and Local Knowledge

A Tourist Gaze for Australian Visitors

References

 

Chapter 6

Controlling the Underwater Reef through Cultivation of Coral Gardens

Cartographic Mimesis: Control Over the Other

Out of Control: A Return to Otherness

Seeking Similitude: Coral Gardens

Aquariums as controlled gardens

Immersion and loss of control

Coral gardens as imagery

References

Chapter 7

The Great Barrier Reef as Hyperreality and World Heritage

The Simulacra of a Single Natural Reef

Hyper-Reality at ReefWorld

Loss of Place

Conservation of the Great Barrier Reef

World Heritage Listing

Postscript

References

Index

About the Author

Celmara Pocock is Director of the Centre for Heritage and Culture and Associate Professor in Anthropology and Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research interests encompass human relationships with the environment, including senses of place; social value and community heritage; and the intersections between heritage and tourism.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Heritage

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology