Intangible Heritage

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-26
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The development and ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) has seen a significant increase in international debate about not only the nature and value of intangible heritage, but also the meaning and character of heritage more generally. Greeted with enthusiasm by many countries, the convention was also met with wariness and apprehension in much of the West, and the idea of 'intangible heritage' is a relatively unexplored concept in many Western countries.

Author Biography

Laurajane Smith is a Reader in Cultural Heritage Studies and Archaeology at the University of York, UK. She is author of Uses of Heritage (2006) and Archaeological Theory and the Politics of Cultural Heritage (2004), and editor of Cultural Heritage: Critical Concepts in Media Studies (2007). Natsuko Akagawa is affiliated with the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests are intangible heritage, cultural landscape and tourism/management issues related to heritage.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of contributorsp. viii
List of abbreviationsp. x
Series general co-editors' forewordp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: reflections on history and conceptsp. 11
From the Proclamation of Masterpieces to the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritagep. 13
UNESCO's 2003 Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage: the implications of community involvement in 'safeguarding'p. 45
The authentic illusion: humanity's intangible cultural heritage, the Moroccan experiencep. 74
Intangible heritage as a list: from masterpieces to representationp. 93
Lessons learned from the ICTM (NGO) evaluation of nominations for the UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, 2001-5p. 112
The material politics and practices of the intangiblep. 129
Following the length and breadth of the roots: some dimensions of intangible heritagep. 131
Deeply rooted in the present: making heritage in Brazilian quilombosp. 151
The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the protection and maintenance of the intangible cultural heritage of Indigenous peoplesp. 169
Indigenous curation, museums, and intangible cultural heritagep. 193
Intangible cultural heritage: global awareness and local interestp. 209
Reflecting on the intangiblep. 227
A critique of unfeeling heritagep. 229
Heritage between economy and politics: an assessment from the perspective of cultural anthropologyp. 253
Intangible heritage in the United Kingdom: the dark side of enlightenment?p. 270
'The envy of the world?': intangible heritage in Englandp. 289
Indexp. 303
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