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The cultural dynamics of conservation principles in reported practice

The cultural dynamics of conservation principles in reported practice
The cultural dynamics of conservation principles in reported practice
Conservation is a cultural phenomenon open to analysis using cultural theory. This chapter analyses conservation as both a social and a technical practice involving interactions between people and objects mediated by language. The application and interpretation of conservation principles are analysed by reference to three recent accounts (published in The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries, IIC Munich Congress 2006) which provide a basis for analysing the rhetoric and reported practice of conservation. The dialectic between written principles and reported practice reveals their mutual influence. The meanings, use and effect of principles, e.g. in influencing notions of integrity, are discussed. Principles are shown to be culturally bound rather than ideologically neutral.
principles, conservation, material culture
Elsevier
Eastop, Dinah
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Richmond, Alison
Bracker, Alison
Eastop, Dinah
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Richmond, Alison
Bracker, Alison

Eastop, Dinah (2007) The cultural dynamics of conservation principles in reported practice. In, Richmond, Alison and Bracker, Alison (eds.) Principles of Conservation. (Conservation and Museology) Oxford, UK. Elsevier. (Submitted)

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Conservation is a cultural phenomenon open to analysis using cultural theory. This chapter analyses conservation as both a social and a technical practice involving interactions between people and objects mediated by language. The application and interpretation of conservation principles are analysed by reference to three recent accounts (published in The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries, IIC Munich Congress 2006) which provide a basis for analysing the rhetoric and reported practice of conservation. The dialectic between written principles and reported practice reveals their mutual influence. The meanings, use and effect of principles, e.g. in influencing notions of integrity, are discussed. Principles are shown to be culturally bound rather than ideologically neutral.

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Submitted date: 16 May 2007
Keywords: principles, conservation, material culture

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Local EPrints ID: 46167
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46167
PURE UUID: 9d7169bc-54cf-4f72-b465-8fe8e325ee8c

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Date deposited: 25 May 2007
Last modified: 24 Jul 2020 16:36

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