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Book Chapter

Publication Details

Head, L. M. (2010). Cultural Landscapes. In D. Hicks & M. C. Beaudry (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of material culture studies (pp. 428-439). Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.


[extract] In considering landscapes, a Handbook of material culture is extending its discussion from objects and buildings to a broader arena that humans have materially transformed, the earth itself. The term 'cultural landscape' is widely recognized as a description of a region of the earth that has been transformed by human action. However, the concept of a cultural landscape has changed over time and evokes a range of contrasting understandings in different regions of the world, different academic disciplines, and different governance contexts. Here, I argue that it is important to understand these differences in order to think clearly about cultural landscapes as a form of material culture.