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The identification and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Guyana

Authored by: Aron Mazel , Gerard Corsane , Raquel Thomas , Samantha James

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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The safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) has taken on increasing urgency during recent decades with the weakening and loss of traditional processes and practices. This has been due mostly to the increasing forces of globalization and urbanization, where products and services have tended to become internationalized to the detriment of local cultural diversity. Given the concerns about this weakening and loss of ICH processes and practices, it is unsurprising that the 2003 Convention has emerged during the last decade as a key international instrument in the protection of ICH. Despite varying views about its efficacy (see Marrie, 2009; Stefano, 2012; Stefano et al., 2012; Labadi, 2013), there can be little doubt that its adoption heralded a significant turning point in highlighting the threats to ICH and the need to do something about it. As a result, now, more than ever, attention is being paid to the risks to ICH and the different strategies that can be deployed in its protection.

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