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Making intangible heritage : El Condor Pasa and other stories from UNESCO

Author: Valdimar Tr Hafstein
Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Making Intangible Heritage, Valdimar Tr. Hafstein, folklorist and official delegate to UNESCO, tells the story of UNESCO's Intangible Heritage Convention. In the ethnographic tradition, Hafstein peers underneath the official account, revealing the context important for understanding UNESCO as an organization, the concept of intangible heritage, and the global impact of both. Looking beyond official narratives of  Read more...
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Valdimar Tr. Hafstein.
Making intangible heritage.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018039140
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Valdimar Tr Hafstein
ISBN: 9780253037923 0253037921 9780253037930 025303793X
OCLC Number: 1020588567
Description: viii, 204 pages : 23 cm
Contents: Prelude: Confessions of a folklorist --
1. Making heritage: Introduction --
2. Making threats: The condor's flight --
3. Making lists: The dance-band in the hospital --
4. Making communities: Protection as dispossession --
5. Making festivals: Folklorization revisited --
Postlude: Intangible heritage as diagnosis, safeguarding as treatment --
Conclusion: If intangible heritage is the solution, what is the problem?
Responsibility: Valdimar Tr. Hafstein.

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In Making Intangible Heritage, Valdimar Tr. Hafstein, folklorist and official delegate to UNESCO, tells the story of UNESCO's Intangible Heritage Convention. In the ethnographic tradition, Hafstein peers underneath the official account, revealing the context important for understanding UNESCO as an organization, the concept of intangible heritage, and the global impact of both. Looking beyond official narratives of compromise and solidarity, this book invites readers to witness the diplomatic jostling behind the curtains, the making and breaking of alliances, and the confrontation and resistance, all of which marked the path towards agreement and shaped the convention and the concept. Various stories circulate within UNESCO about the origins of intangible heritage. Bringing the sensibilities of a folklorist to these narratives, Hafstein explores how they help imagine coherence, conjure up contrast, and provide charters for action in the United Nations and on the ground. Examining the international organization of UNESCO through an ethnographic lens, Hafstein demonstrates how concepts that are central to the discipline of folklore gain force and traction outside of the academic field and go to work in the world, ultimately shaping people's understanding of their own practices and the practices themselves. From the cultural space of the Jemaa el-Fna marketplace in Marrakech to the Ise Shrine in Japan, Making Intangible Heritage considers both the positive and the troubling outcomes of safeguarding intangible heritage, the lists it brings into being, the festivals it animates, the communities it summons into existence, and the way it orchestrates difference in modern societies.

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