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From Global to Local Heritage

Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Role of the Museum

Janet Blake

Heritage has a dual character whereby it can, at the same time, be celebrated for its outstanding universal value while having a special meaning and value for local and, in particular, bearer communities. Basing protection on the former notion of heritage as a universal, global value has been the dominant approach in international law-making since the second half of the twentieth century. More recently, the significance of heritage to local actors has become much better understood and recognised. The tensions associated with this duality have in recent times become evident with the adoption by UNESCO in 2003 of the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In this treaty, international cultural heritage law-making has shifted from a paradigm that gives value predominantly to the material heritage – monuments, sites, artefacts and other objects – to one that celebrates a living heritage that is primarily located in the skills, knowledge and know-how of contemporary human beings. This article examines the aforementioned shift from an emphasis on global to local heritage and the role museums can play in this with regard to safeguarding intangible aspects of heritage.

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Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito

How a Māori Meeting House in England cultivated relationships and understanding

Michael Upchurch

transforming global heritage: [I]t is no longer appropriate to apply a Western perspective[,] with its seemingly well-intended heritage practices, to indigenous culture. Māori architecture, for example, has its own kaupapa (values), and so Hinemihi

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Paula Mota Santos and Hugo DeBlock

Rights .” In Global Heritage: A Reader , ed. Lynn Meskell , 43 – 69 . Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons . Karp , Ivan , and Corrine Kratz . 2006 . “ Introduction: Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations .” In Museum

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The Work of Culture, Heritage, and Musealized Spaces in “Unprecedented Times”

Christina Kreps

Weiss . 2015 . “ Neoliberalism, Heritage Regimes, and Cultural Rights .” In Global Heritage: A Reader , ed. Lynn Meskell , 43 – 69 . Oxford : Wiley Blackwell . Crooke , Elizabeth . 2007 . Museums and Community: Ideas, Issues, and

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The Politics of Indigeneity and Heritage

Indonesian Mortuary Materials and Museums

Kathleen M. Adams

. 2015 . “ Neoliberalism, Heritage Regimes and Cultural Rights .” In Global Heritage: A Reader , ed. Lynn Meskell , 43 – 69 . Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell . Davidson , Jamie S. , and David Henley . 2007 . The Revival of Tradition in

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The Gurdwara in Britain

Narratives of Meaning, Use and Development

Clare Canning

( Farnham : Ashgate ), 65 – 78 . Weerasinghe , J. ( 2011 ), ‘ Living Sacred Heritage and “Authenticity” in South Asia ’, in H. Anheier and Y. Isar (eds), Cultures and Globalization: Heritage, Memory and Identity ( London : Sage ), 139 – 147

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Heritage (Erfgoed) in the Dutch Press

A History of Changing Meanings in an International Context

Hanneke Ronnes and Tamara Van Kessel

in fact World War I had already made a development toward a concept of global heritage manifest. Significantly, it is in the context of the concern expressed about the damage of monuments in the Great War that we first come across a cultural monument