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The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property

ISBN 9780367783983
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
508 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Cultural Property contains new contributions from scholars working at the cutting edge of cultural property studies, bringing together diverse academic and professional perspectives to develop a coherent overview of this field of enquiry. The global range of authors use international case studies to encourage a comparative understanding of how cultural property has emerged in different parts of the world and continues to frame vital issues of national sovereignty, the free market, international law, and cultural heritage. Sections explore how cultural property is scaled to the state and the market; cultural property as law; cultural property and cultural rights; and emerging forms of cultural property, from yoga to the national archive. By bringing together disciplinary perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, law, Indigenous studies, history, folklore studies, and policy, this volume facilitates fresh debate and broadens our understanding of this issue of growing importance. This comprehensive and coherent statement of cultural property issues will be of great interest to cultural sector professionals and policy makers, as well as students and academic researchers engaged with cultural property in a variety of disciplines. 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Haidy Geismar and Jane Anderson

Part One
Legal Orderings of Cultural Property

2. Heritage vs. Property: Contrasting Regimes and Rationalities in the Patrimonial Field
Valdimar Tr. Hafstein and Martin Skrydstrup

3. The Criminalisation of the Illicit Trade in Cultural Property
Ana Filipa Vrdoljak

4. Implementation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention by the United States
and Other Market Nations
Patty Gerstenblith

5. Protection not Prevention: The Failure of Public Policy to Prevent the Looting and Illegal Trade of Cultural Property from the Mena Region (1990-2015)
Neil Brodie

6. A Paradox of Cultural Property: NAGPRA and (Dis)Possession
Susan Benton

Part Two
Museums, Archives and Communities

7. NAGPRA, CUI and Institutional Will
Rae Gould

8. Betting on the Raven: Ethical Relationality and Nuxalk Cultural Property
Jennifer Kramer

9. Whose Story is This? Complexities and Complicities of Using Archival Footage
Fred Myers

10. The Archive of the Archive: the Secret History of the Laura Boulton Collection
Aaron Fox

11. Touching the Intangible: Reconsidering Material Culture in the Realm of Indigenous Cultural Property Research
George Nicholas

Part Three
Local Histories

12. On the Nature of Patrimonio: Cultural Property in Mexican Contexts
Sandra Rozental

13. Making and Unmaking Heritage Value in China
Shu Li Wang and Michael Rowlands

14. Object Movement: UNESCO, Language and the Exchange of Middle Eastern Artifacts
Morag Kersel

15. Cultures of Property: Ghanaian Culture in Intellectual and Cultural Property
Boatema Boateng

Part Four
Cultural Property Beyond the State

16. Culture as a Flexible Concept for the Legitimation of Policies in the European Union
Stefan Groth and Regina Bendix

17. The Bible as Cultural Property? A Cautionary Tale
Neil Asher Silberman

18. Being pre-Indigenous: Kin, Accountability and Cultural Property Beyond Tradition
Paul Tapsell

19. Frontiers of Cultural Property in the Global South
Rosemary Coombe

Section Five
New and Experimental Forms of Cultural Property

20. Who Owns Yoga? Transforming Traditions as Cultural Property
Sita Reddy

21.Bones, Documents and DNA: Cultural Property at the Margins of the Law
Lee Douglas

22. Collaborative Encounters in Digital Cultural Property: Tracing Temporal Relationships of Context and Locality
Jane Anderson and Maria Montenegro

23. Animating Language: Continuing Inter-Generational Indigenous Language Knowledge
Shannon Faulkhead, John Bradley and Brent McKee

24. Ancestors for Sale in Aotearoa New Zealand
Marama Muru Lanning


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Jane Anderson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at New York University. Her research is focused on property law, Indigenous rights and sovereignty, colonial archives, repatriation, digital return, collaborative research, and transformative practice for social change.

Haidy Geismar is Reader in Anthropology and Vice Dean for Strategic Projects at University College London where she co-directs the Digital Anthropology Program. Her research interests focus on digital collections, Indigenous intellectual and cultural property, critical museum studies, the anthropology of economy and exchange, material culture and materiality, and digital anthropology.