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Anthropological Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • Lourdes Arizpe
  • Cristina Amescua
  • The first book to bring together different anthropological approaches to research on intangible cultural heritage

  • All contributing authors are leading anthropologists involved in policy-making on intangible cultural heritage

  • All chapters are based on fieldwork and/or initiatives in different regions of the world


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 6)

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About this book


A decade after the approval of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), the concept has gained wide acceptance at the local, national and international levels. Communities are recognizing and celebrating their Intangible Heritage; governments are devoting important efforts to the construction of national inventories; and anthropologists and professionals from different disciplines are forming a new field of study. The ten chapters of this book include the peer-reviewed papers of the First Planning Meeting of the International Social Science Council’s Commission on Research on ICH, which was held at the Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias (UNAM) in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2012. The papers are based on fieldwork and direct involvement in assessing and reconceptualizing the outcomes of the UNESCO Convention. The report in Appendix 1 highlights the main points raised during the sessions.


Anthropology Cultural Policy Cultural Transmission Culture Intangible Cultural Heritage

Editors and affiliations

  • Lourdes Arizpe
    • 1
  • Cristina Amescua
    • 2
  1. México, Centro Regional de InvestigacionesUniversidad Nacional AutónomaCuernavacaMexico
  2. México, Centro Regional de InvestigacionesUniversidad Nacional AutónomaCuernavacaMexico

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