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Cultural Parks and National Heritage Areas

Assembling Cultural Heritage, Development and Spatial Planning

Author(s): Pablo Alonso González

Book Description

The number of cultural parks has been steadily increasing in recent years throughout the world. But what is a cultural park? This book provides a detailed answer to this question and sets out the basis for an academic debate that moves beyond the technical narratives that have prevailed to date. It is important to open up the topic to academic scrutiny given that cultural parks are becoming widespread devices being employed by different institutions and social groups to manage and enhance cultural and natural heritage assets and landscapes. The main problem in dealing with this topic is the predominant lack of theory-grounded, critical reflection in the literature about cultural parks. These remain largely conceived as technical instruments deployed by institutions in order to solve an array of problems they must deal with. As cultural parks are generally regarded as positive and constructive tools whose performance is associated with the preservation of heritage, the overcoming of the nature/culture divide, the reinforcing of identity and memory and the strengthening of social cohesion and economic development, this book critically explores these issues through the analysis of the literature on cultural parks. In addition, it provides a novel theoretical conceptualization of cultural parks that is connected with, and underpins, a tentative methodology developed for their empirical analysis.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5246-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5246-5
Date of Publication: 01/12/2013
Pages / Size: 185 / A5
Price: £39.99


Pablo Alonso González received his PhD in History at the University of León, Spain, and is currently a PhD candidate in Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has published five books and articles in prestigious international journals, on topics ranging from cultural heritage and archaeology to spatial planning and social theory.