Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef: Aesthetics, Heritage, and the Senses

1st Edition

Celmara Pocock

Routledge
September 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 39 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138049918 - CAT# Y330550
Series: Routledge Studies in Heritage

USD$140.00

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Summary

Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef explores how visitor encounters have shaped the history and heritage of the reef. Moving beyond the visual aesthetic significance, the book highlights the importance of multi-sensual experiences in understanding the region as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, the book describes how visitors have experienced the Great Barrier Reef through personal embodied encounters and the mechanisms they have used to understand, access and share these experiences with others. Illustrating how such experiences contribute to a knowledge of place, Pocock also explores the vital role of reproduction and photography in sharing experiences with those who have never been there. The second part of the book analyses visitor experiences and demonstrates how they underpin three key frames through which the Reef is understood and valued: the islands as paradise, the underwater coral gardens, and the singular Great Barrier Reef. Acknowledging that these constructs are increasingly removed from human experience, Pocock nevertheless demonstrates that they are integral to recognition of the region as a World Heritage Site.

Demonstrating how experiences of the Reef have changed over time, Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef should be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of heritage studies, history and tourism. It should also be of interest to heritage practitioners working around the globe.

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