Towards a holistic approach to heritage values: a multidisciplinary and cosmopolitan approach

Melanie Duval, Benjamin Smith, Stephane Horle, Lucie Bovet, Nokukhanya Khumalo, Lwazi Bhengu

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In this paper, we explore the 'Preservation/Heritage Values/Management' triptych, and we propose a new method for addressing the values attributed to cultural heritage sites. Combining multidisciplinary and cosmopolitan approaches, we propose a way of moving beyond the traditional lens of assessing significance within the imposed categorical framework of 'aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual values'. We provide an example of our new approach through a worked case study in the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (South African section). Our case study concerns the values associated with the world famous San (Bushman) rock art of this mountain area. Through a thematic analysis of data collected in this area from 2009 to 2017, six cross-cultural interest points are identified and are discussed. Building upon the history of values-based heritage management, we argue that our multidisciplinary and cosmopolitan method is transferable and can be applied to heritage sites around the world. It can militate the construction of heritage management plans that are more in tune with local actors and that will therefore prove to be more effective and sustainable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
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Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2019

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Duval, Melanie ; Smith, Benjamin ; Horle, Stephane ; Bovet, Lucie ; Khumalo, Nokukhanya ; Bhengu, Lwazi. / Towards a holistic approach to heritage values : a multidisciplinary and cosmopolitan approach. In: International Journal of Heritage Studies. 2019 ; pp. 1-23.
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Towards a holistic approach to heritage values : a multidisciplinary and cosmopolitan approach. / Duval, Melanie; Smith, Benjamin; Horle, Stephane; Bovet, Lucie; Khumalo, Nokukhanya; Bhengu, Lwazi.

In: International Journal of Heritage Studies, 21.03.2019, p. 1-23.

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