The concept of cultural property is often discussed in the sphere of international policy with a critical dimension of neglected rights of local actors. This paper deals with local strategies of labelling a tradition as cultural property of a specific community by reconstructing the historical dimension of a local property regime. Cultural property is thus analysed as a cultural technique at its own right that produces powerful local hierarchies and that refers to both material and symbolic dimensions. The carnival of Binche with its long history of metacultural operations shows how tradition is used as a local resource in are flexive society and how local actors integrate new legal instruments into their understanding and management of a traditional practice.1
the Creation of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Property, The Carnival of Binche
How to Cite
Tauschek, M., (2009) “CULTURAL PROPERTY AS STRATEGY”, Ethnologia Europaea 39(2), 67-80. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1056
- This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.