Over the last four decades, heritage professionals have increasingly engaged in public participation processes that have required responding to the diverse concerns of stakeholder groups and related political, economic, and cultural dynamics. As definitions of what constitutes cultural heritage have expanded, norms of heritage practice and heritage management approaches have increasingly evolved to place values at their core. The shifting landscape has compelled the field to broaden its focus from traditionally accepted categories of cultural values—historic, artistic, aesthetic, and scientific—to include intangible aspects, social values, and economic benefits. New methods for eliciting and assessing heritage values and stakeholder engagement have therefore been developed.

This volume, with contributions by sixteen leading international practitioners and scholars, considers how heritage relates to broader societal concerns including politics, cultural identities, economic trends, changing models of governance, and climate change and sustainability; reviews how values-based management approaches have been applied and adapted in a variety of geographic and cultural contexts; takes stock of emerging approaches to values in heritage practice and policy; identifies common needs and challenges; and proposes areas for developing approaches and future research to help improve conservation outcomes.

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Avrami, Erica, Susan Macdonald, Randall Mason, and David Myers, eds. Values in Heritage Management: Emerging Approaches and Research Directions. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2019. http://www.getty.edu/publications/heritagemanagement/.


Avrami, Erica, Susan Macdonald, Randall Mason, and David Myers, editors. Values in Heritage Management: Emerging Approaches and Research Directions. The Getty Conservation Institute, 2019. http://www.getty.edu/publications/heritagemanagement/. Accessed Aug. 26, 2019.

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  • Names: Values in heritage management (2017 : - Getty Conservation Institute), author. | Avrami, Erica C., editor. | Getty Conservation Institute, issuing body, host institution, organizer.
  • Title: Values in heritage management : emerging approaches and research directions / edited by Erica Avrami, Susan Macdonald, Randall Mason, and David Myers.
  • Description: Los Angeles, California : The Getty Conservation Institute, [2019] | Includes bibliographical references.
  • Identifiers: LCCN 2019011992 (print) | LCCN 2019013650 (ebook) | ISBN 9781606066201 (epub) | ISBN 9781606066188 (pbk.)
  • Subjects: LCSH: Historic preservation. | Cultural property—Protection.
  • Classification: LCC CC135 (ebook) | LCC CC135 .V34 2017 (print) | DDC 363.6/9–dc23
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Front cover: Removal of the decades-old bronze statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes from the campus at Cape Town University, Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in response to student protests describing it as symbolic of slow racial change on campus. Cecil Rhodes lived from 1853 until 1902 and was a businessman and politician in South Africa and a fervent believer in British colonial rule. Image: AP Photo / Schalk van Zuydam / © 2019 The Associated Press

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