Sense matters: aesthetic values of the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2002) Sense matters: aesthetic values of the Great Barrier Reef. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 8 (4). pp. 356-381.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the use of aesthetic value as a criterion by which the significance of heritage places is assessed. It is argued that current heritage management practice has not engaged with the extensive discourse relating to aesthetics, and therefore confines aesthetics to a particular class and culture, and an inert view of only one of our sensory experiences. Historical records relating to the Great Barrier Reef are used to show how aesthetic appreciation of the area has changed over time.The data suggest that the failure to recognise an aesthetic that is primarily non-visual can lead to changes in landscape and loss of associated value. It also suggests that aesthetic values change rapidly and are influenced by social and technological factors.

Item ID: 13545
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: esthetics; Great Barrier Reef; heritage management; world heritage
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ISSN: 1470-3610
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2010 05:23
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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