Journal article

Conservation as shared responsibility: social equity, social justice, and the public good

Robyn Sloggett, Marcelle Scott, Ainslee Meredith

Change Over Time | University of Pennsylvania Press | Published : 2021

Abstract

ABSTRACT Social inequity presents a risk to cultural heritage, but conservation also contributes to social equity and justice goals. With a focus on groups in Australia whose access to conservation, and thus to their rights to their heritage, is disrupted by social inequities, this paper argues that conservation, as a normative discipline premised on the idea of a future in which heritage is accessible and open to interpretation, use and enjoyment, must, like social equity and justice movements, work to create more equitable socio-political futures. Theorizing that conservation is a public good, and focused through case studies that examine Aboriginal Art Centres, conservation education a..

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