The ruin revisited

Hetherington, Kevin (2010). The ruin revisited. In: Pye, Gillian ed. Trash Cultures: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective. Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship between the Arts, 11. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 15–37.



A chapter which explores the role of ruins within contemporary socety and the reception associated with them. In particular, it highlights the important ways in which social time is configured around the recovery of ruins from the past, focusing on the event-like character of time as Kairos that ruins evoke and the ways in which this intersects with our chronological sense of time. The chapter goes on to explore the implications for museums and the presentation of heritage.

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