Claiming the Stones - Naming the Bones : Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-01-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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These fourteen essays address controversies over a variety of cultural properties, exploring them from perspectives of law, archeology, physical anthropology, ethnobiology, ethnomusicology, history, and cultural and literary study. The book divides cultural property into three types: Tangible, unique property like the Parthenon marbles; intangible property such as folktales, music, and folk remedies; and communal "representations," which have lead groups to censor both outsiders and insiders as cultural traitors.

Author Biography

Elazar Barkan is chair of the Cultural Studies Department and professor of history and cultural studies at Claremont Graduate University, California. Ronald Bush is Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature at Oxford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(15)
Elazar Barkan
Ronald Bush
Amending Historical Injustices: The Restitution of Cultural Property---An Overview
Elazar Barkan
Part I. Nationalizing Identity
Appropriating the Stones: The ``Elgin Marbles'' and English National Taste
Timothy Webb
Latin America, Native America, and the Politics of Culture
Clemency Coggins
Objects and Identities: Claiming and Reclaiming the Past
Claire L. Lyons
Part II. Codifying Birthrights
Kennewick Man---A Kin? Too Distant
Douglas W. Owsley
Richard L. Jantz
Cultural Significance and the Kennewick Skeleton: Some Thoughts on the Resolution of Cultural Heritage Disputes
Patty Gerstenblith
Part III. Legislating the Intangible
Selling Grandma: Commodification of the Sacred through Intellectual Property Rights
Darrell Addison Posey
The Stones Resung: Ethnomusicology and Cultural Property
Helene La Rue
More than Skin Deep: Ta Moko Today
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
Part IV. Righting Representations
The New Negro Displayed: Self-Ownership, Proprietary Sites/Sights, and the Bonds/Bounds of Race
Marlon B. Ross
The Birth of Whose Nation? the Competing Claims of National and Ethnic Identity and the ``Banning'' of Huckleberry Finn
Jonathan Arac
Yeats, Group Claims, and Irishry
R. F. Foster
Cultural Property and Identity Politics in Britain
Robert J. C. Young
Property, Schmoperty! Philip Roth, Postmodernism, and the Contradictions of Cultural Property
Ronald Bush
Biographical Notes on the Contributors 353(3)
Illustration Credits 356(2)
Index 358

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