Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Development and Trade: Perspectives from the Dynamics of Intangible Cultural Heritage Law and Policy

In Christoph Graber, Karolina Kuprecht, and Jessica Lai, eds., International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar) 211-236, 2012

35 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2014 Last revised: 27 Oct 2018

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Rosemary J. Coombe

York University - Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; York University

Joseph F. Turcotte

York University

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Cultural heritage is understood as an important source of identity and increasingly as a source of sustainable development. States and social movements challenging Eurocentric cultural policy principles have contested the propriety of state dominance in heritage management, while simultaneously claiming cultural heritage as a distinct source of identity construction. We examine the legal and policy aspects of intangible cultural heritage as it has evolved through UNESCO conventions, showing the difficulties of reconciling international trade practices with intangible cultural heritage preservation. However, we have found it necessary to move beyond doctrinal considerations around the international law of cultural heritage to explore cultural heritage as a sight of evolving postcolonial politics in which new understandings of culture are bourgeoning and contested.

Keywords: Cultural heritiage, Intangible cultural heritage, International law

Suggested Citation

Coombe, Rosemary J. and Turcotte, Joseph F., Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Development and Trade: Perspectives from the Dynamics of Intangible Cultural Heritage Law and Policy (2012). In Christoph Graber, Karolina Kuprecht, and Jessica Lai, eds., International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar) 211-236, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2463933

Rosemary J. Coombe (Contact Author)

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Joseph F. Turcotte

York University ( email )

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