Built heritage conservation: The implications of cultural racism, segregation and oppression

Johari Nassor Amar, Lynne Armitage, Daniel O'Hare

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Abstract

Introduction: In Australia and Tanzania, as in many countries, the cultural built heritage comprises a blend of colonial architecture and urbanism. At the same time, it also reflects the culture of racism, segregation and oppression between the countries' original inhabitants and the newcomers. These cultural traits have enabled different societies to arrange themselves on a continuum of space and time in the cultural landscape. Yet, the significant traumatic memories embodied in the historic buildings, monuments and sites create ongoing moral tension on perceptions of heritage value and conservation decision-making between these two groups.

Purpose: To highlight theoretical and practical implications of cultural traits for conservation management of cultural built heritage.

Methodology: This paper is based on qualitative methods. Data were collected through a literature review, in-depth focus groups and interviews from key informants in Australia and Tanzania.

Findings: Stakeholders' perceptions, which impact on the conservation goal of safeguarding significant places regardless of their cultural ramifications, should extend beyond moral judgements.

Research implications: Further investigation is necessary to grasp how deeply the cultural traits of racism, segregation and oppression influence the conservations and management of cultural built heritage in the context of postcolonial multicultural societies.

Originality: This approach allows policymakers, heritage practitioners and community groups to identify potential strategies to overcome cultural barriers when implementing a conservation plan for the management of cultural built heritage in a previously poorly researched field of study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development
EditorsR. Amoeda, S. Lira, C. Pinheiro
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
PublisherGreen Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Pages225-236
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789898734136
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development - Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 12 Jul 201615 Jul 2016
Conference number: 5th
http://heritage.greenlines-institute.org/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development
Abbreviated titleHeritage 2016
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period12/07/1615/07/16
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    Nassor Amar, J., Armitage, L., & O'Hare, D. (2016). Built heritage conservation: The implications of cultural racism, segregation and oppression. In R. Amoeda, S. Lira, & C. Pinheiro (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development (pp. 225-236). Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development.