Abstract: When hidden in the dark corners of global scholarship and used sporadically at national and community levels, African cultural heritage resources become
illusive, non-traceable and at most irrelevant, a situation that makes them vulnerable.
This book brought out aspects of cultural heritage resources that give them a vantage point in conservation theory and practice. To achieve this, discussions of the diverse topics are anchored within a theme of sustainability. The book shows that sustainability in cultural heritage resources management is an aggregate of assessment of all the chapters in the book as follows: environment and historic environment, national and international legal framework, politics of the past, community-based conservation, cultural heritage interpretation, standard setting in cultural heritage (certification), cultural heritage tourism development and mainstreaming of human development aspects.
Sustainable development, Agenda 21 • African cultural heritage •
Environmental conservation • International conventions • Politics of the past •
Community heritage • Heritage interpretation • Heritage certification • Heritagetourism • Mainstreaming
9.2 Seeking a Vantage Point for Cultural Heritage: Divergent Themes and Coordinated Theory
The same characteristics that give the fi eld of cultural heritage management strength
by virtue of multidisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary appear to be frustrating
efforts towards charting a conservation and management direction for the fi eld.
A scattered nature of the field across the disciplinary space gives it an appearance of
a lack of reference point in global scholarship. In modern resources use, it is evident
that components of cultural heritage resources are at times pulled in only when it
becomes convenient to use them in discourses of academia, socio-cultural interactions, socio-economic endeavours and international management, amongst others… These characteristics make the resources obscure and vulnerable to abuse because their application will only be illusive, non-traceable and at most irrelevant. -pg 204
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