Including young people in heritage conservation in southern brazilian cities: the case of pelotas

Laura Novo de Azevedo

in Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428462
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307259 | DOI:
Including young people in heritage conservation in southern brazilian cities: the case of pelotas

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Although heritage conservation is widespread, with a set of internationally agreed principles defining its theory and practice, deciding what and whose heritage to include in conservation policies still courts controversy. Some groups within society perceive heritage as something of and for others characterising a lack of sense of ownership and inclusion. In heritage conservation young people are usually regarded as the future generation, a state that undermines their visibility as citizens of today and inclusion of their values in policy and practice.Concentrating on the case of the city of Pelotas, in Brazil, this paper investigates the responsiveness of heritage conservation policy to the values of young people. The research posited that, despite some one-off projects that sought to involve the group in traditional heritage, young people were still invisible with scarce possibilities for exercising active citizenship to demand responses to their values in the adult world of heritage. A mosaic approach to data collection was adopted including the use of a collaborative participatory arts technique involving the researcher, young people and teachers in a local school. The technique was discussed as a tool for questioning traditional values and developing critical minds.

Keywords: Urban design; Heritage; Conservation; Cultural; Young people; Children; Brazil; Inclusion

Chapter.  5105 words.  Illustrated.

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