Meskell, Lynn The Nature of Heritage The New South Africa
1. Edition October 2011 30.90 Euro 2011. 272 Pages, Softcover ISBN 978-0-470-67071-2 - John Wiley & Sons
Short description This text is a groundbreaking work by archaeologist Lynn Meskell that examines the conflicts inherent in natural vs. cultural heritage. The author brings archaeological and ethnographic evidence to bear on a holistic understanding of one nation's self-identification by developing its protected areas and cultural heritage sites. The case study of Kruger National Park vividly demonstrates this process through both cultural and natural resource development. Meskell argues that cultural heritage has emerged as secondary to the conservation of nature, but that the idea of heritage as therapy provides a valuable ongoing strategy for socioeconomic empowerment and development.
From the contents Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: Past Mastering in the New South Africa 1.Naturalizing Cultural Heritage 2.Making Heritage Pay in the Rainbow Nation 3. It's Mine, It's Yours: Excavating Park Histories 4. Why Biodiversity Trumps Culture 5.Archaeologies of Failure 6.Thulamela: the Donors, the Archaeologist, his Gold,and the Flood 7. Kruger is a Gold Rock: Parastatal and Private Visionsof the Good Conclusions: Future Perfect References Index