Intangible Heritage

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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.

Intangible Heritage fills a significant gap in the available heritage literature and represents an important cross-section of ideas and practices associated with intangible cultural heritage. The volume brings together authors from the US, Europe (UK, Germany, Iceland), Africa (Morocco, Zimbabwe), Japan and Australia to document and analyse the development of the 2003 convention and its consequences. The opening chapters identify the principles, philosophies and assumptions underlying the convention and discuss the implications these will have, not only for the development of management and conservation/preservation practices, but also for the re-examination of the dominant ideas about the role and meaning of heritage in contemporary societies.

The convention is also reviewed against community and Indigenous, cultural concerns and aspirations. Case studies documenting the material and cultural politics of intangible heritage are also presented, while other chapters explore the theoretical implications for existing definitions of heritage. The collection brings together a range of areas of expertise including anthropology, law, heritage studies, archaeology, museumstudies, folklore, Indigenous studies, and ethnomusicology. Academics and heritage professionals discuss the theoretical and practical implications of intangible cultural heritage, and the very idea that we can talk about 'heritage' and 'intangible heritage' is challenged.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415473965
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Series: Key Issues in Cultural Heritage Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Laurajane Smith is Reader in Heritage Studies at the University of York.

Natsuko Akagawa is lecturer and consultant in heritage management.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction Laurajane Smith and Natsuko Akagawa Part 1:Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: Reflections on History and Concepts 2. From the Proclamation of Masterpieces to the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage Noriko Aikawa-Faure 3. UNESCO’s 2003 Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage – the Implications of Community Involvement in Safeguarding Janet Blake 4. The Authentic Illusion: Humanity’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Moroccan Experience Ahmed Skounti 5. Intangible Heritage as a List: From Masterpieces to Representation Valdimar Tr. Hafstein 6. Lessons Learned from the ICTM (NGO) Evaluation of Nominations for the UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, 2001–2005 Anthony Seeger Part 2: The Material Politics and Practices of the Intangible 7. Following the Length and Breadth of the Roots: Some Dimensions of Intangible Heritage Dawson Munjeri 8. Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage Tourism and Poverty Reduction in Brazilian Quilombos Mary Kenny 9. The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Protection and Maintenance of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples Henrietta Marrie 10. Indigenous Curation, Museums, and Intangible Cultural Heritage Christina Kreps 11. Intangible Cultural Heritage: Global Awareness and Local Interest Amanda Kearney Part 3: Reflecting on the Intangible 12. A Critique of Unfeeling Heritage Denis Byrne 13. Heritage Between Economy and Politics: An Assessment from the Perspective of Cultural Anthropology Regina Bendix 14. Intangible Heritage in the United Kingdom: The Dark Side of Enlightenment? Frank Hassard 15.‘The Envy of the World?’: Intangible Heritage in England Laurajane Smith and Emma Waterton

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