Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.

UNESCO and Heritage: Global Doctrine, Global Practice

UNESCO and Heritage: Global Doctrine, Global Practice
UNESCO and heritage: Global doctrine, global practice
Yudhishthir RajIsar

This chapter explores the ways in which the global scripts of ‘World Heritage’ and ‘Intangible Heritage’ have been propagated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and associated international bodies. It discusses how certain ideas and principles in the now globalized heritage discourse, originally elaborated in the Euro-American cultural space, have been extended and/or challenged elsewhere. The analysis also examines the ways in which stakes of power and prestige in the global intergovernmental arena have influenced the global unfolding of these questions. A set of ideas about heritage, supposedly universal, were the expression of a Western particularism still powerful enough to universalize itself. But in a changed and ...

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