Theory without practice is empty, practice without theory is blind, to adapt a phrase from Immanuel Kant. The sentiment could not be truer of cultural heritage ethics. This intra-disciplinary book bridges the gap between theory and practice by bringing together a stellar cast of academics, activists, consultants, journalists, lawyers, and museum practitioners, each contributing their own expertise to the wider debate of what cultural heritage means in the twenty-first century.
Cultural Heritage Ethics provides cutting-edge arguments built on case studies of cultural heritage and its management in a range of geographical and cultural contexts. Moreover, the volume feels the pulse of the debate on heritage ethics by discussing timely issues such as access, acquisition, archaeological practice, curatorship, education, ethnology, historiography, integrity, legislation, memory, museum management, ownership, preservation, protection, public trust, restitution, human rights, stewardship, and tourism.
This volume is neither a textbook nor a manifesto for any particular approach to heritage ethics, but a snapshot of different positions and approaches that will inspire both thought and action.
Cultural Heritage Ethics provides invaluable reading for students and teachers of philosophy of archaeology, history and moral philosophy - and for anyone interested in the theory and practice of cultural preservation.
This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Cultural Heritage Ethics ebook for free in PDF format (6.9 MB).
Table of Contents
Meaning and Memory
Culture, Heritage, and Ethics, Constantine Sandis
Poppy Politics: Remembrance of Things Present, James Fox
The Meaning of the Public in an Age of Privatisation, Benjamin Ramm
History and Archaeology
History as Heritage: Producing the Present in Post-War Sri Lanka, Nira Wickramasinghe
Looking at the Acropolis of Athens from Modern Times to Antiquity, William St Clair
South Asian Heritage and Archaeological Practices, Sudeshna Guha
The Ethics of Digging, Geoffrey Scarre
Ownership and Restitution
'National' Heritage and Scholarship, Sir John Boardman
Fear of Cultural Objects, Tom Flynn
Restitution, Sir Mark Jones
Management and Protection
The Possibilities and Perils of Heritage Management, Michael F. Brown
Values in World Heritage Sites, Geoffrey Belcher
Safeguarding Heritage: From Legal Rights over Objects to Legal Rights for Individuals and Communities?, Marie Cornu