The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is the first instalment of The SAGE Handbook of the Social Sciences series and encompasses major specialities as well as key interdisciplinary themes relevant to the field. Globally, societies are facing major upheaval and change, and the social sciences are fundamental to the analysis of these issues, as well as the development of strategies for addressing them. This handbook provides a rich overview of the discipline and has a future focus whilst using international theories and examples throughout. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is an essential resource for social scientists globally and contains a rich body of chapters on all major topics relevant to the field, whilst also presenting a possible road map for the future of the field. Part 1: Foundations; Part 2: Focal Areas; Part 3: Urgent Issues; and Part 4: Short Essays: Contemporary Critical Dynamics.

Anthropologies of Cultural Heritage1

Anthropologies of Cultural Heritage1

Anthropologies of cultural heritage
Oscar Salemink


Heritage is often thought of as old and venerable, but the terms cultural and natural heritage only became internationally commonplace with UNESCO's World Heritage Convention of 1972,2 and received a further boost with the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Convention of 2003.3 But while the terms are relatively recent, the practices that they denote – conservation of natural sites, and preservation of cultural sites, objects and practices – are much older, and in many historical and cultural contexts conservation and preservation was already practiced in various forms. Anthropologists have paid attention to such practices that preserved natural and/or cultural ‘assets’ for future generations; for example, in the form of sustainable natural resource management ...

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