Locating intangible cultural heritage in Norway

Authored by: Joel Taylor

The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860551
eBook ISBN: 9781315716404
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506898


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This chapter considers the interplay between intangible and tangible heritage in Norway as a means to reflect upon the consequences of identifying heritage as either ‘tangible’ or ‘intangible’. Taking some examples from different parts of Norway, I consider the related forms of heritage and their impact upon one another. In order to do this, I focus on heritage that is regarded as tangible. This will be done for a number of reasons, which are raised later on in the chapter, but not least because the prevalence of so much wood and impermanent material heritage in Norway has led to a nuanced relationship between tangible and intangible that does not benefit from sharp distinctions.

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