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By Deborah Kapchan

Are human rights common? The instant reaction is "yes, of course." even though, that easy confirmation assumes contract approximately definitions of the "human" in addition to what a human is entitled to below legislations, bringing us quick to ideas comparable to freedom, estate, and the inalienability of either. the belief that all of us suggest an analogous issues by means of those phrases incorporates a lot political import, particularly provided that diverse groups (national, ethnic, non secular, gendered) enact one of the most easy different types of human adventure (self, domestic, freedom, sovereignty) in a different way. yet while felony definitions frequently search to dispose of ambiguity to be able to outline and shield the rights of humanity, ambiguity is in reality inherently human, specially in performances of history the place the rights to feel, to visualize, and to assert cultural identities that face up to circumscription are at play.
Cultural history in Transit examines the intangibilities of human rights within the realm of background construction, focusing not just at the ephemeral tradition of these who practice it but in addition at the ambiguities found in the belief of cultural estate in general—who claims it? who might use it? who aren't yet does? during this quantity, folklorists, ethnologists, and anthropologists research the perform and function of tradition specifically contexts—including Roma marriage ceremony tune, Trinidadian wining, Moroccan verbal artwork, and Neopagan rituals—in order to attract aside the social, political, and aesthetic materialities of historical past construction, together with inequities and hierarchies that didn't exist sooner than. The authors jointly craft theoretical frameworks to make experience of the methods the rights of countries engage with the rights of people and groups while the general public worth of inventive creations is constituted via overseas law.

Contributors: Valdimar Tr. Hafstein, Deborah Kapchan, Barbro Klein, Sabina Magliocco, Dorothy Noyes, Philip W. Scher, Carol Silverman.

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This sense of danger shadows the notion of intangible heritage in UNESCO discourse. Actually, the menace of globalization is so consistently associated with intangible heritage that it seems intrinsic to the concept. In this, the concept brings with it connotations of urgency always associated with folklore and popular tradition, but it adds a distinctly global twist. Indeed, intangible heritage appears forever to be on the verge of destruction. Looming threats provide grounds for intervention.

Bennett 2000: 1421). According to sociologist Nikolas Rose, governing through community is part of an important turn in liberal government. It represents a shift in focus away from the individual in society toward communities as mediating entities to which individuals owe allegiance and through which they reform and manage themselves. This turn responds, in part, to new forms of identity politics emerging out of civil and human rights movements, in addition to diasporic migrations and the newfound vocality of indigenous groups.

Export is one: the problem is foreigners. This is a national problem—­a challenge to national culture—­and therefore also an international problem, because borders are permeable and no one patrols the circulation of culture across them. The term invasion makes clear that we are faced here with acts of aggression, even if that aggression is commercial in motives and means. Filching, usurpation, depredation: so many ways to name a thief. The colorful lexicon of theft in the minister’s letter emphasizes ownership.

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