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Community involvement & ecomuseums

towards a mutual approach to ecomuseology and landscape studies

Chang, Cheng (2015). Community involvement & ecomuseums. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2015:26
ISBN 978-91-576-8250-5
eISBN 978-91-576-8251-2
[Doctoral thesis]

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Ecomuseums are museums for, by, and about people at home in their own environment (Keyes, 1992). Since their establishment in 1971, community involvement has been a defining characteristic of ecomuseums. Such community involvement does not just preserve artefacts, but also protects and creates its own physical environment in the form of landscape. In ecomuseums, landscape is both a setting and a feature; however, there have been relatively few studies of landscape in ecomuseology. Furthermore, despite the centrality of community involvement, in many ecomuseums there is an overemphasis on economic development rather than community involvement in heritage protection and local development.

This thesis contributes to a new theoretical and interdisciplinary field of landscape research, focusing on the significance of involvement in ecomuseums. The connection between ecomuseum and landscape could serve to guide the work of ecomuseum management and landscape administrators. Various approaches, both quantitative and qualitative, have been used to elucidate different aspects and applications of the proposed theoretical framework.

The findings demonstrate the dual role of landscape, for it is not only conceptual or visual, observed from the outside, but also comprise the insider’s landscape, with all its experience and local involvement. The dual role is also evident in the cultural and economic development of ecomuseums—the questions here being whose heritage is represented in ecomuseums, and who is in control of their economic development.

The findings show how heritage held in ecomuseums serves to create a sense of place, turning a conceptual space into a place of experience. Community development in ecomuseums is based on community involvement in administrative procedures, and not only involvement in the ecomuseums’ cultural and economic development.

The thesis proposes a new theoretical field of ecomuseum landscape within an interdisciplinary approach. The thesis steps away from administrative, top-down approaches and instead adopts an open-ended process that involves different levels of involvement, encompassing volunteers, administrators, and researchers.

Authors/Creators:Chang, Cheng
Title:Community involvement & ecomuseums
Subtitle:towards a mutual approach to ecomuseology and landscape studies
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :23 April 2015
Depositing date:22 April 2015
Number of Pages:51
IBigell, W. & Chang, C. (2014). The meaning of landscape: historical development, cultural frames, linguistic variation, and antonyms. Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 5(1), 84-103. http://dspace.uah.es/dspace/bitstream/handle/10017/20229/article_Bigell_ecozona_2014_N1.pdf?sequence=1
IIChang, C., Annerstedt, M. & Sarlöv-Herlin, I. (2015). A narrative review of ecomuseum literature: suggesting a thematic classification and identifying sustainability as a core element. International Journal of the Inclusive Museum 7(2), 15-29. http://ijz.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.177/prod.314
IIIChang, C., Annerstedt, M., Jakobsson, A., Lieberg, M. & Sarlöv-Herlin, I. (2012). Looking at ecomuseums through 'landscape lenses'. Examples from Suoga and Zhenshan, China. In S. Lira, R. Amodeda, C. Pinheiro, P. Davis, M. Stefano & G. Corsane (Eds.), Ecomuseums 2012. (pp. 39-48). Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development. ISBN 978-989-98013-1-8. http://cercles.vtlseurope.com:8098/arxius/pdf/E140283.pdf
IVChang, C., Peterson, A., Persson, E. & Ode Sang, Å. (2015). Using ecomuseum indicators to evaluate ecomuseum websites for community involvement and heritage tourism contents. Manuscript submitted for publication to Journal of Heritage Tourism.
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8250-5
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8251-2
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Agrovoc terms:museums, landscape, community involvement, cultural heritage
Keywords:community involvement, landscape, ecomuseum, ecomuseology
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ID Code:12140
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Deposited By: CHENG CHANG
Deposited On:24 Apr 2015 08:31
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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