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Gathering together: social capital, cultural capital and the value of cultural heritage in a digital age

BEEL, David and Wallace, Claire (2018) Gathering together: social capital, cultural capital and the value of cultural heritage in a digital age. Social & Cultural Geography. ISSN 1464-9365

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Cultural heritage is generally regarded as something of value – but it is valued in different ways by different communities. Here we explore the value of cultural heritage for rural Scottish communities and how it is generated through social and cultural capital. Using the idea of ‘gathering’, we consider the process of gathering historical archives, narratives and gathering places based on local knowledge. We draw upon a study of communities in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, where a well-established cultural heritage tradition has developed and is continuing to do so with the adoption of various digital technologies. The paper argues that cultural heritage offers a real sense of cultural value for participants and communities for which digitisation offers both threats and opportunities. The paper adds to our understanding of locally generated cultural capital and the meaning of cultural value.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social & Cultural Geography on 1st July 2018, available online:”
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural value, cultural capital, social capital, cultural heritage, historical associations, memory, digitisation, digital geography
Faculty: School of Business, Leadership and Economics > Business, Management and Marketing
Depositing User: David BEEL
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 10:59
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:51

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