Conflict in common: Heritage-making in Cape York

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Abstract


  • The outstanding natural and cultural values of Cape York have been acknowledged for decades, but those decades have been characterised by deep conflict. Non-government organisation intervention in local politics has seen a forceful push for nominating some or all of the Cape York Peninsula as a World Heritage Site. We illuminate the authorised heritage discourse at work in heritage-making, and highlight contested issues of ownership, governance, authenticity, and value. These themes contribute to the possibility of marginalising the voices of local people who wish to contribute to heritage-making in Cape York. Politics infuses all aspects of heritage-making in Cape York, and the specific experiences on Cape York reflect larger political processes occurring in World Heritage discourse. The paper draws on interviews undertaken in May and June 2012.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Skilton, N., Adams, M. & Gibbs, L. (2014). Conflict in common: Heritage-making in Cape York. Australian Geographer, 45 (2), 147-166.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84900553298

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1970&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/971

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Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 147

End Page


  • 166

Volume


  • 45

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The outstanding natural and cultural values of Cape York have been acknowledged for decades, but those decades have been characterised by deep conflict. Non-government organisation intervention in local politics has seen a forceful push for nominating some or all of the Cape York Peninsula as a World Heritage Site. We illuminate the authorised heritage discourse at work in heritage-making, and highlight contested issues of ownership, governance, authenticity, and value. These themes contribute to the possibility of marginalising the voices of local people who wish to contribute to heritage-making in Cape York. Politics infuses all aspects of heritage-making in Cape York, and the specific experiences on Cape York reflect larger political processes occurring in World Heritage discourse. The paper draws on interviews undertaken in May and June 2012.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Skilton, N., Adams, M. & Gibbs, L. (2014). Conflict in common: Heritage-making in Cape York. Australian Geographer, 45 (2), 147-166.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84900553298

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1970&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/971

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 147

End Page


  • 166

Volume


  • 45

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia