Uses of Heritage Conclusion

Uses of Heritage: Conclusions

  • The AHD is also powerful… because of the cultural work it does in legitimizing certain experiences and identities – it is powerful because it is a form of ‘heritage’ itself. The existence of an AHD, whatever its particular nuances or variations across time and space, is part of the cultural and social process of heritage, and is itself constitutive of ‘heritage’
  • Indigenous peoples have been extremely active and assertive in their opposition to received and other ‘authorized’ views of, and discourses about, their identities and heritage.
    • [How do the urban villagers compare?]
    • [Are urban villagers really considered to be indigenous? What is the definition of indigenous?]
  • … This book… offer a reconsideration of heritage, not as a thing but as a cultural process… I have used a number of themes… – identity, intangibility, memory and remembering, performance, place and dissonance – to help capture a range of moments when the AHD is being utilized, or when it is mutating or being challenged.
  • If heritage has no inherent qualities, what are the implications for the creation, maintenance or assertion of identity? Certainly, identity must be viewed as an active process of continual creation and recreation, where links and associations with the past, and subsequently the tangible heritage places or objects that represent that past, are continually remade and negotiated.
  • [Can heritage be immaterial? Can memory be immaterial?]
  • [London Festival of Architecture, theme is memory – Memory is stored in stone. Challenging that notion that memory is something static. It is an active process of remembering.]
    • [How do you create that through architecture? How do you remember that through the absence of memory?]