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Heritage at the InterfaceInterpretation and Identity$
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Glenn Hooper

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056579

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056579.001.0001

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The Negotiation of Identity and Belonging in Kakadu National Park

The Negotiation of Identity and Belonging in Kakadu National Park

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Heritage at the Interface

Emma Waterton

University Press of Florida

The relationship between heritage and identity can hardly be doubted; indeed, identity has been central to the field of heritage since its inception. This is the case whether we are thinking in terms of research, policy, or popular engagements. In this chapter, the author draws from a combination of structured visitor interviews carried out on-site at two of the main rock art galleries within Kakadu National Park—Ubirr and Nanguluwurr—and in-depth, semistructured interviews undertaken with a selection of visitors some months after their initial visit. The questions participants were asked centered upon eliciting an understanding of how they understood Kakadu as an Australian heritage site, identifying in particular how they used the messages contained within the park to negotiate their own identities and shape their conduct toward others.

Keywords:   Kakadu National Park, Identity, Australian heritage

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