The Use of Psychometric Scales to Measure Spirit of Place: Relevance to Heritage Conservation Efforts from Ninewa Province, Iraq

Bott, Suzanne and Banning, James (2008) The Use of Psychometric Scales to Measure Spirit of Place: Relevance to Heritage Conservation Efforts from Ninewa Province, Iraq. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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The theme of the 2008 ICOMOS General Assembly, Spirit of Place, has been widely acknowledged as being nebulous, intangible, and hard to define. However, resource managers must be able to demonstrate that Spirit of Place exists as a valid construct in order to justify management strategies, and quite often, to secure financial support for research and conservation. In order to do so, practical measurement tools must therefore be available. This paper presents a multi-faceted methodology for measuring spirit of place in order to offer ways of quantifying and justifying management strategies. This paper is based on empirical research conducted at Colorado State University and observations from two years of reconstruction and heritage conservation practice in Iraq (January 2007 – present). It provides a unique perspective of the importance of promoting spirit of place in the case of post-conflict reconstruction. In such instances, it is especially important to be able to reclaim spirit of place as besieged nations rebuild national identity that has been severely stressed by war.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Bott, Suzanne
Banning, James
Languages: English
Keywords: spirit of place; conservation; management; setting; psychometric scales; intangible heritage
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Ninewa Province, Iraq
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 09:26
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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