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Part III Additional Issues Related to the 2003 Convention, Formation of the Notion of ‘Safeguarding’ Adopted by the 2003 Convention

Antonio Arantes

From: The 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention: A Commentary

Edited By: Janet Blake, Lucas Lixinski

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 October 2021

Cultural property / heritage

This chapter considers how the expression, ‘safeguarding intangible cultural heritage’, was formed within the context of transformations in the instruments and strategies for protecting cultural elements that have usually been designated as ‘folklore and traditional (and popular) culture’. The trajectory of this policy since the mid-twentieth century mapped a winding path of dialogues with and divergences from everyday notions and preservationist culture. The chapter explores this path as a means to comprehending the factors that differentiate safeguarding from other dispositifs employed to protect cultural elements. It also examines this path in relation to which it acquires specificity, meaning, and scope. In this process, political and conceptual possibilities for social engineering were envisaged and discarded, choices were legitimized and, no less importantly, networks were created, formed by actors and narrators of the trajectory that would eventually lead to designing the ICH Convention.

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