Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability

Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability

by Diane Barthel-Bouchier

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For cultural and heritage institutions around the world, sustainability is the major challenge of the twenty-first century. In the first major work to analyze this critical issue, Barthel-Bouchier argues that programmatic commitments to sustainability arose both from direct environmental threats to tangible and intangible heritage, and from social and economic contradictions as heritage developed into a truly global organizational field. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews over many years, as well as detailed coverage of primary documents and secondary literature, she examines key international organizations including UNESCO, ICOMOS, and the World Monuments Fund, and national trust organizations of Great Britain, the United States, and Australia, and many others. This wide-ranging study establishes a foundation for critical analysis and programmatic advances as heritage professionals encounter the growing challenge of sustainability.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315431031
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/16/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 235
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr. Diane Barthel-Bouchier received her doctorate from Harvard University and is currently Professor of the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York.  She has also taught at Boston College and the University of Essex, England, and been Visiting Research Professor at the Martin Centre for Architecture and Urban Studies, Cambridge University. A recognized expert in the sociology of heritage, art, and culture, she is the author of Amana: From Pietist Sect to American Community (1984), Putting on Appearances: Gender and Advertising (1988) and Historic Preservation: Collective Memory and Historical Identity (1996), as well as over forty articles published in professional journals and edited volumes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Culture: Our Second NatureChapter 2. Is Heritage a Human Right? Chapter 3. Fighting Climate Change and Achieving SustainabilityChapter 4. Organizational Processes of Mission Change Chapter 5. Global Cities and Historic Towns: Rising Waters, Threatened TreasuresChapter 6. The Loss of Cultural Landscapes: Desertification, Deforestation, andChapter 9. Polar Melting Chapter 10. Heritage and Energy: Conflicting Social Goods Chapter 11. Cultural Tourism and the Discourse of SustainabilityChapter 12. Organizational Alliances and Social CommitmentsConclusion: The Future of the Past ReferencesIndexAbout the Author

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