Defining 'Official' Built Heritage Discourses within the Irish Planning Framework: Insights from Conservation Planning as Social Practice

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Title: Defining 'Official' Built Heritage Discourses within the Irish Planning Framework: Insights from Conservation Planning as Social Practice
Authors: Parkinson, Arthur
Scott, Mark J.
Redmond, Declan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8678
Date: 2015
Abstract: Conservation of built heritage is a key planning process and goal which shapes urban development outcomes across European cities. In Ireland, conservation of the built heritage is a key part of the planning framework, albeit one that is, in comparative terms, only recently established. While it is widely recognized that the underlying rationale for conservation of built heritage varies considerably (from cultural priorities to place marketing), the literature suggests that heritage and conservation professionals perform a key role in controlling decision-making through an official or 'authorized' heritage discourse (AHD), emphasizing expert values and knowledge and based around selective heritage storylines often reflecting elite tastes. Drawing on policy and practice in Ireland, in this paper, we contribute to these debates by further unpacking the AHD, exploring tensions within the heritage policy elite through examination of competing views and representations relating to the purpose of built heritage protection. Based on a discourse analysis following interviews with key national actors, we identify two key narratives—a ''museum-curatorial' discourse and an 'inclusive heritage' discourse—which in turn frame conservation practices. We argue that subtle variations of heritage meanings have the potential to either reproduce (museum-curatorial discourse) or challenge (inclusive heritage discourse) conventional modes of practice, particularly relating to the relationship between built heritage and identity and the role of public engagement.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright (published version): 2015 Taylor and Francis
Keywords: Built heritage;Conservation;Discourse;Conservation planning;Ireland
DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2015.1077782
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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