Cultural heritage in transit

Intangible rights as human rights

Deborah A. Kapchan

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    Abstract

    Are human rights universal? The immediate response is "yes, of course." However, that simple affirmation assumes agreement about definitions of the "human" as well as what a human is entitled to under law, bringing us quickly to concepts such as freedom, property, and the inalienability of both. The assumption that we all mean the same things by these terms carries much political import, especially given that different communities (national, ethnic, religious, gendered) enact some of the most basic categories of human experience (self, home, freedom, sovereignty) differently. But whereas legal definitions often seek to eliminate ambiguity in order to define and protect the rights of humanity, ambiguity is in fact inherently human, especially in performances of heritage where the rights to sense, to imagine, and to claim cultural identities that resist circumscription are at play.Cultural Heritage in Transit examines the intangibilities of human rights in the realm of heritage production, focusing not only on the ephemeral culture of those who perform it but also on the ambiguities present in the idea of cultural property in general—who claims it? who may use it? who should not but does? In this volume, folklorists, ethnologists, and anthropologists analyze the practice and performance of culture in particular contexts—including Roma wedding music, Trinidadian wining, Moroccan verbal art, and Neopagan rituals—in order to draw apart the social, political, and aesthetic materialities of heritage production, including inequities and hierarchies that did not exist before. The authors collectively craft theoretical frameworks to make sense of the ways the rights of nations interact with the rights of individuals and communities when the public value of artistic creations is constituted through international law.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
    Number of pages238
    ISBN (Electronic)9780812209464
    ISBN (Print)9780812245943
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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    cultural heritage
    human rights
    wedding
    gipsy
    cultural identity
    international law
    sovereignty
    community
    performance
    import
    aesthetics
    music
    art
    Law
    present
    Values
    experience
    Human Rights
    Cultural Heritage
    Intangibles

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Kapchan, D. A. (2014). Cultural heritage in transit: Intangible rights as human rights. University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Cultural heritage in transit : Intangible rights as human rights. / Kapchan, Deborah A.

    University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. 238 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Kapchan, DA 2014, Cultural heritage in transit: Intangible rights as human rights. University of Pennsylvania Press.
    Kapchan DA. Cultural heritage in transit: Intangible rights as human rights. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. 238 p.
    Kapchan, Deborah A. / Cultural heritage in transit : Intangible rights as human rights. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. 238 p.
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