Intangible Heritage and Erasure: Rethinking Cultural Preservation and Contemporary Museum Practice

  title={Intangible Heritage and Erasure: Rethinking Cultural Preservation and Contemporary Museum Practice},
  author={Marilena Alivizatou},
  journal={International Journal of Cultural Property},
  pages={37 - 60}
  • M. Alivizatou
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Cultural Property
Abstract This article builds on recent discussions on intangible heritage following the adoption of the relevant convention by UNESCO in 2003. The emergence of intangible heritage in the international heritage scene is tied up with fears of cultural homogenization and the need to protect the world's diversity. For a number of critics, however, UNESCO's normative framework raises questions around the institutionalization of culture as a set of endangered and disappearing ways of life. The… 

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