People of the croft: visualising land, heritage and identity

Robertson, Iain J and Webster, David R (2017) People of the croft: visualising land, heritage and identity. Cultural Geographies, 24 (2). pp. 311-318. doi:10.1177/1474474016659235

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This short photographic essay emerges from the recognition that identity, landscapes and heritage landscapes in particular are rarely configured and conceptualised wholly linguistically. An affective and emotional charge can involve visual and tactile metaphors and mnemonics. This essay therefore attempts to capture aspects of this visuality and material mnemonics while recognising the constraints imposed by the written word and the need to ask our interviewees to articulate the ‘material thing’ which most spoke to them of their ‘croft’. The heritage landscape that is the focus of this article is that of crofting agriculture in the Scottish Highlands. What emerges between the word and the image is a strong sense of inheritance from the past validated by and made meaningful by work practices and deriving from a very particular land, task and seascape. Together, this constitutes a heritage from below and a sense of localised identity.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Affect; Heritage; Identity; Landscape; Scotland
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 12:33
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:55

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