Heritage production in national and global cultural policies

Hideyo Konagaya*


研究成果: Article査読


The term “cultural heritage” gained currency in Japanese public discourse in the 1990s, when the national government began to reorient cultural administration. Cultural policy has entailed the promotion of “cultural heritage” as a new platform of local and global economic development, while holding on to the long-established institution of the protection of “cultural property.” This article explores how the discourse of cultural heritage has interacted with the history, politics, and economy of the nation state, and how folkloristic and anthropological theories and practices have been involved in the process. Discussing Kumiodori, a form of traditional Okinawan dance and theater, which was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List in 2010, it will look into the intersection of global and national cultural policies centered on intangible culture, paying attention to its classificatory system, which I see as an instrument of defining, ordering, and reproducing the images and meanings of national culture and identity.

ジャーナルAsian Ethnology
出版ステータスPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • カルチュラル スタディーズ
  • 視覚芸術と舞台芸術
  • 人類学
  • 宗教学
  • 文学と文学理論


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