chapter  5
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Critical heritage studies and the discursive turn

In the previous chapters we saw how heritage developed in Western Europe, Britain, North America and some of their present and former colonies as a set of official, state-led practices in the marriage of the Enlightenment idea of the public sphere with the notion that nature and historic objects need preservation in the light of widespread change in an industrialising world. This led to the view that places could be conserved and held in trust by public organisations and institutions for the future. This was underpinned by a series of modern philosophies that required the present to be defined in opposition to the past, albeit a past that was actively created out of the present.