Historic Preservation Ideology: A Critical Mapping of Contemporary Heritage Policy Discourse

Koziol, Christopher (2008) Historic Preservation Ideology: A Critical Mapping of Contemporary Heritage Policy Discourse. Preservation Education and Research, 1 (1). pp. 41-50. [Article]

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Historic preservation practitioners differ about definitions of the field. Often, those who have attempted to understand historic preservation focused on one particular definition and argued that it is more central than others. However, based on empirical evidence more fully developed elsewhere, there are discernible lines of discourse between and among the different points of view. The resulting patterns of meaning and discursive frames are critical to understand¬ing the practice of historic preservation. These discursive frames are mapped along two dimensions, which are developed and juxtaposed to provide a heuristic to help critically frame the ongoing professional discourse on preservation: first, whether a building, an artifact, or site is more important for reasons intrinsic to that thing or because of the associational values brought to it by those who are doing the valuation; second, how “market ideology” has affected a de¬bate that in the past frequently ignored both the political and economic context of practice. This mapping resulted in a Preservation Discourse Matrix (PDM) where the two dimensions (or two axes) are analyzed as four categories: identity-based, curatorial, symbolic and property-oriented. Moreover, this matrix illustrates the relationships among these categories. In turn, the mapping is intended to contribute to future practice by providing a better understanding of interests and meaning in historic preservation.

Item Type: Article
Koziol, Christopherchristopher.koziol@ucdenver.edu
Languages: English
Keywords: public policy; ideology; values; conservation; theory of conservation
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 01. Generalities
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 03. Economic values of heritage
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 04. Methodologies of evaluation
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Depositing User: Dr. Christopher Koziol
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2012 16:59
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2012 16:59
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1042

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