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By Deborah Kapchan

Are human rights common? The quick reaction is "yes, of course." even if, that straightforward confirmation assumes contract approximately definitions of the "human" in addition to what a human is entitled to below legislation, bringing us quick to thoughts comparable to freedom, estate, and the inalienability of either. the idea that all of us suggest an identical issues through those phrases contains a lot political import, particularly provided that assorted groups (national, ethnic, spiritual, gendered) enact probably the most simple different types of human event (self, domestic, freedom, sovereignty) another way. yet while criminal definitions frequently search to dispose of ambiguity to be able to outline and safeguard the rights of humanity, ambiguity is actually inherently human, specially in performances of history the place the rights to feel, to visualize, and to say cultural identities that withstand 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 may perhaps use it? who will not be yet does? during this quantity, folklorists, ethnologists, and anthropologists examine the perform and function of tradition particularly contexts—including Roma marriage ceremony song, Trinidadian wining, Moroccan verbal artwork, and Neopagan rituals—in order to attract aside the social, political, and aesthetic materialities of background construction, together with inequities and hierarchies that didn't exist prior to. The authors jointly craft theoretical frameworks to make feel of the methods the rights of countries have interaction with the rights of people and groups whilst 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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Bennett 1995, 2001). Taken over from probate law, the concept of heritage (or patrimony) points to one of the metaphors for the nation: that of the family. Projecting onto the state intergenerational relations, obligations, and succession in the family, the republican nation-­state carried over to the cultural sphere a dynastic model that it did away with in other areas of government. At the same time as it evokes an earlier model of the body politic, however, the notion of national patrimony democratizes what previously belonged to elites alone (cf.

Projecting onto the state intergenerational relations, obligations, and succession in the family, the republican nation-­state carried over to the cultural sphere a dynastic model that it did away with in other areas of government. At the same time as it evokes an earlier model of the body politic, however, the notion of national patrimony democratizes what previously belonged to elites alone (cf. Bendix 2000, 2009; Bendix and Hafstein 2009). The idea of a common cultural heritage transfers “the goods and rights of princes and prelates, magnates and merchants” (Lowenthal 1998: 60) to the public at large; it throws open the doors of the Louvre to the throng in the streets outside (Poulot 1997).

Frequently, this has been achieved by glossing over difference, demanding allegiance to a uniform national culture and history through selective oblivion and at the expense of alternative fealties. It is increasingly difficult, however, to imagine such national monocultures, what with the multiplication of diasporic and cross-­border communities, as well as the resurgence of a variety of indigenous groups and local communities. Under these circumstances, many governments have come to Protection as Dispossession 39 acknowledge and even promote “communities” as cultural and administrative units.

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