Introduction: Engaging culture and nature

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    This volume began life as a session at the 2010 Australian Archaeological Conference on the cultural heritage of protected areas in the Asia-Pacific region. Our particular concern was with the proposition that the discourse of nature conservation was predisposed to a vision of protected areas (in the form of national parks and other ‘nature’ reserves) as pristine nature. According to such a vision, protected areas represent wildernesses that, having escaped the ravages of human exploitation, had now to be preserved as the last reservoirs of biodiversity on a planet threatened with ecological disaster. To what extent, we asked, did such a mindset eclipse the history and heritage of protected areas as human habitats, not to mention effacing the contemporary presence in them of living human cultures?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTranscending the Culture-Nature Divide in Cultural Heritage: Views from the Asia-Pacific Region (Terra Australis 36)
    Editors Sally Brockwell, Sue O'Connor & Denis Byrne
    Place of PublicationCanberra Australia
    PublisherANU ePress
    ISBN (Print)9781922144058
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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