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Heritage Work: the Preservations and Performances of Thames Sailing Barges

Nettleingham, David (2018) Heritage Work: the Preservations and Performances of Thames Sailing Barges. Cultural Sociology, 12 (3). pp. 384-399. ISSN 1749-9755. E-ISSN 1749-9763. (doi:10.1177/1749975518783380)

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‘Heritage’ represents a series of contested and contingent relationships in the preservation and performance of the past. It is a relationship made all the more complex by taking into account the work that goes into both aspects: preserving what would otherwise be lost, and actively seeking public exposure and support. Work has been central to studies of heritage practices in the context of deindustrialisation: how working identities and communities use or become used in the development of heritage-led regeneration. This article examines what it is to engage in forms of work defined by their personal, community and commercial heritage appeal. It presents a study of those who live and work on Thames sailing barges – historic cargo vessels whose future survival relies on the impetus to preserve them as part of an industrial heritage, and in their fulfilment of a number of (often problematic) performative roles.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1749975518783380
Uncontrolled keywords: heritage, identity, performance, place, preservation, work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 12:56 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 13:25 UTC
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