Landscape: Politics and Perspectives / Edition 1

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This book is about the 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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Editorial Reviews

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" excellent selection of stimulating, well-written papers, which clarify the political dimensions of landscape. The embeddedness of the political, the cognitive and the ideological in past and present made crystal clear, with little heavy polemic, by the case studies presented. ...a refreshing book, a guidebook for a tour of wider horizons; it should be on every landscape student's bookshelf." —Landscape History

"...the rather eccentric but very exciting collection of 10 papers...Why are landscapes so important to humans at all? These are some of the thought-provoking questions that run through the book, although each author addresses them in different ways."—Antiquity

"...a rich and stimulating book. It appears at an opportune moment...will stimulate further reflection and assist the developing debate in a positive fashion. Ecumene... a stimulating collection of papers." —The Times Higher

"...a clearly distinct approach to landscape." —American Jourbanal of Archaeology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854963737
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Series: Explorations in Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Edited by Barbara Bender, Professor in Heritage Anthropology, University College London

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Landscape - Meaning and Action 1
1 The Politics of Vision and the Archaeologies of Landscape 19
2 Art, Architecture, Landscape [Neolithic Sweden] 49
3 Landscape as Memory: The Mapping of Process and its Representation in a Melanesian Society 85
4 Intersecting Belfast 107
5 The View from Below: Paris in the 1880s 139
6 Gendered Spaces, Public Places: Public and Private Revisited on the North Slope of Alaska 169
7 Colonialism, History and the Construction of Place: The Politics of Landscape in Northern Australia 205
8 Stonehenge - Contested Landscapes (Medieval to Present-Day) 245
9 Landscapes and Myths, Gods and Humans 281
10 Sexual Cosmology: Nation and Landscape at the Conceptual Interstices of Nature and Culture; or What does Landscape Really Mean? 307
Notes on the Contributors 345
Index 347
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