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Contested Landscapes by Barbara Bender
Book DescriptionLandscapes are not just backdrops to human action; people make them and are made by them. How people understand and engage with their material world depends upon particularities of time and place. These understandings are dynamic, variable, contradictory and open-ended. Landscapes are thus always evolving and are often volatile and contested. They are also always on the move - people may or may not be rooted, but they have 'legs'. From prehistoric times onwards people have travelled, but the process of people-on-the-move - as tourists, or on global business, as migrant workers or political or economic refugees - has vastly accelerated.How and why do people who share the same landscape have different and often violently opposed ways of understanding its significance? How do people-on-the-move make sense of the unfamiliar? How do they create a sense of place? How do they rework the memories of places left behind? There is nothing easeful about the landscapes discussed in this book, which are often harsh-edged and troubled both socially and politically. The contributors tackle contested notions of landscape to explain the key role it plays in creating identity and shaping human behaviour.This landmark study offers an important contribution towards an understanding of the complexity of landscape.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859734674
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Barbara Bender
Stonehenge, Hardback (April 1998)
Offers an account of the ways in which, through time, the Stonehenge landscape has been used and re-used, invested with new meanings, and has given rise to stories. The book presents a range of views and provides insights into how people shape and are shaped by the landscape.
Causewayed Enclosures of Neolithic Britain, Hardback (September 1995)
The causewayed enclosures of the neolithic era were the first monumental structures in the British Isles, but their use remains unclear. The authors raise issues of archaeological interpretation, and use the walkways as case studies in the development of an arcaheological interpretation.
Landscape, Paperback (December 1993)» View all books by Barbara Bender
Talks about complexity and power of landscape. The authors - geographers, anthropologists and archaeologists - explore landscape as something subjective that alters through time and space and that is created by people through their experience and contact with the world around them.
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Author Biography - Barbara Bender
Barbara Bender Professor in Heritage Anthropology,University College London Margot Winer Associate Professor, Saint Mary's College of California and Co-ordinator, SMC Study Abroad Program, University of Cape Town
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