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Awareness of the significance of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) has recently grown, due to the promotional efforts of UNESCO and its Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003). However, the increased recognition of intangible heritage has brought to light its undervalued status within the museum and heritage sector, and raised questions about safeguarding efforts, ownership, protective legal frameworks, authenticity and how global initiatives can be implemented at a local level, where most ICH is located.
This book provides a variety of international perspectives on these issues, exploring how holistic and integrated approaches to safeguarding ICH offer an opportunity to move beyond the rhetoric of UNESCO; in partiular, the authors demonstrate that the alternative methods and attitudes that frequently exist at a local level can be the most effective way of safeguarding ICH. Perspectives are presented both from "established voices", of scholars and practitioners, and from "new voices", those of indigenous and local communities, where intangible heritage lives. It will be an important resource for students of museum and heritage studies, anthropology, folk studies, the performing arts, intellectual property law and politics.

Michelle Stefano is Folklorist-in-Residence, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Peter Davis is Professor of Museology, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University; Gerard Corsane is Senior Lecturer in Heritage, Museum and Galley Studies, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University. Contributors: Marilena Alivizatou, Alissandra Cummins, Kate Hennessey, Ewa Bergdahl, George Abungu, Shatha Abu-Khafajah, Shaher Rababeh, Vasant Hari Bedekar, Christian Hottin, Sylvie Grenet, Lyn Leader-Elliott, Daniella Trimboli, Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Peter van Mensch, Andrew Dixey, Susan Keitumetse, Richard Mac Kinnon, Alexandra Denes, Christina Kreps, Harriet Deacon, D. Jared Bowers, Gerard Corsane, Paula Assuncao dos Santos, Elaine Müller, Michelle L. Stefano, Maurizio Maggi, Aron Mazel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843837107
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 04/19/2012
Series: Heritage Matters Series , #8
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Peter Davis was born in August 1921. He joined an infantry unit after school, deferring a scholarship to Cambridge until after the War. In 1942 he joined the SAS. This book tells of his experiences in Sicily and Italy in 1942 and 1943. He went on to be promoted to Captain and following a skirmish in France in 1945, was awarded the Military Cross. After the War, he took up his scholarship and was granted a Master of Arts degree. He married and moved to South Africa. Peter was murdered on 4 March 1994 and this remains an unsolved crime. Editor Details: Paul Davies, the author's son, has resettled in the UK after many years in South Africa.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Touching the Intangible: An Introduction Michelle L Stefano Peter Davis Gerard Corsane 1

Negotiating and Valuing the Intangible

1 The Paradoxes of Intangible Heritage Marilena Alivizatou 9

2 Memory, Museums and the Making of Meaning: A Caribbean Perspective Alissandra Cummins 23

3 From Intangible Expression to Digital Cultural Heritage Kate Hennessy 33

4 Conversation Piece: Intangible Cultural Heritage in Sweden Ewa Bergdahl 47

5 Africa's Rich Intangible Heritage: Managing a Continents Diverse Resources George Abungu 57

6 The Silence of Meanings in Conventional Approaches to Cultural Heritage in Jordan: The Exclusion of Contexts and die Marginalisation of the Intangible Shatha Abu-Khafajah Shaher Rababeh 71

7 Conversation Piece: Intangible Cultural Heritage in India Vasant Hari Bedekar 85

Applying the Intangible Cultural Heritage Concept

8 Reflections on the Implementation of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in France Christian Hottin Sylvie Grenet 95

9 Government and Intangible Heritage in Australia Lyn Leader-Elliott Daniella Trimboli 111

10 Proud to be Dutch? Intangible Heritage and National Identity in the Netherlands 125

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch Peter van Mensch

11 Intangible Cultural Heritage in Wales Andrew Dixey 137

12 Conversation Piece: Intangible Cultural Heritage in Botswana Susan Keitumetse 149

13 The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and its Implications for Sustaining Culture in Nova Scotia Richard MacKinnon 153

On The Ground: Safeguarding the Intangible

14 Acquiring the Tools for Safeguarding Intangible Heritage: Lessons from an ICH Field School in Lamphun, Thailand Alexandra Denes 165

15 Intangible Threads: Curating the Living Heritage of Dayak Ikat Weaving Christina Kreps 177

16 Conversation Piece: Intangible Cultural Heritage in South Africa Harriet Deacon 195

17 Revitalising Amerindian Intangible Cultural Heritage in Guyana and its Value for Sustainable Tourism D Jared Bowers Gerard Corsane 201

18 When ICH Takes Hold of the Local Reality in Brazil: Notes from the Brazilian State of Pernambuco Paula Assunçao dos Santos Elaine Müller 213

19 Reconfiguring the Framework: Adopting an Ecomuseological Approach for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage Michelle L Stefano 223

20 Conversation Piece: Intangible Cultural Heritage in Italy Maurizio Maggi 239

21 Looking to the Future: The en-compass Project as a Way Forward for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage Gerard Corsane Aron Mazel 247

List of Contributors 263

Index 269

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