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Ethical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice

The Ethics of Cultural Heritage

Editors: Ireland, Tracy, Schofield, John (Eds.)

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  • A multidisciplinary focus that brings together perspectives from conservation, museums, memory studies, digital heritage, indigenous studies, heritage management, anthropology and archaeology
  • Emphasis on future issues and solutions makes the text required reading for policy makers, government heritage agencies and professionals
  • Includes a special epilogue section with contributions by key commentators in the cultural heritage field
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It is widely acknowledged that all archaeological research is embedded within cultural, political and economic contexts, and that all archaeological research falls under the heading ‘heritage’. Most archaeologists now work in museums and other cultural institutions, government agencies, non-government organisations and private sector companies, and this diversity ensures that debates continue to proliferate about what constitutes appropriate professional ethics within these related and relevant contexts.

Discussions about the ethics of cultural heritage in the 20th century focused on standards of professionalism, stewardship, responsibilities to stakeholders and on establishing public trust in the authenticity of the outcomes of the heritage process. This volume builds on recent approaches that move away from treating ethics as responsibilities to external domains and to the discipline, and which seek to ensure ethics are integral to all heritage theory, practice and methods. The chapters in this collection chart a departure from the tradition of external heritage ethics towards a broader approach underpinned by the turn to human rights, issues of social justice and the political economy of heritage, conceptualising ethical responsibilities not as pertaining to the past, but to a future-focused domain of social action.

About the authors

Tracy Ireland is an archaeologist and heritage practitioner who joined the University of Canberra in 2009 and is currently Head of the Discipline of Humanities. She previously led the Canberra office of Godden Mackay Logan, Heritage Consultants, lectured at the University Sydney and worked as the Senior Archaeologist for the NSW Heritage Council. Tracy publishes on historical and landscape archaeology, heritage conservation and the cultural politics of the past. Tracy’s current work focuses on the Material Memories Project examining the conservation of archaeological remains and heritage place making in settler societies.

John Schofield is Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and Director of Studies in Cultural Heritage Management. John was previously an archaeologist with English Heritage, an organisation he joined following the completion of his PhD research in 1989 and where he remained until 2010. He had numerous roles in that time, within heritage protection and policy, taking on the role of Head of Military Programmes in 2000. During his last ten years with English Heritage his outreach responsibilities included regular teaching commitments in the UK and overseas, not least at the universities of Southampton and Bristol. John is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists and a Docent in Cultural Heritage, Landscape and Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Turku (Finland). He has published extensively in the fields of cultural heritage, archaeology of the recent and contemporary pasts, and the archaeology of conflict.

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“The 12 wide-ranging, eclectic chapters in this collection attempt to realign heritage ethics, placing discussions in terms of human rights and social justice and offering pathways toward social action. … As a collection, the work raises significant points for discussion. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (G. R. Campbell, Choice, Vol. 54 (3), November, 2016)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ethics of Cultural Heritage
Editors
  • Tracy Ireland
  • John Schofield
Series Title
Ethical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-1649-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-1649-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-1648-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-3762-2
Series ISSN
2730-6925
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 219
Number of Illustrations
21 illustrations in colour
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