Le secret exposé:Révélation et reconnaissance d’un patrimoine immatériel au Sénégal

De Jong, Ferdinand (2013) Le secret exposé:Révélation et reconnaissance d’un patrimoine immatériel au Sénégal. Gradhiva:Revue d'Anthropologie et Museologie Paris, 18. pp. 98-123.

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In 2005 UNESCO declared The Kankurang Masquerade and the Mandinko Initiation Ritual World Heritage. In this article, we examine how the patrimonialisation of this masquerade has resulted in its increased commodification. Rejecting the idea of an “original” culture, this article seeks to contribute to current debates on the commodification of heritage which do not oppose culture to commodity but sees them as mutually constitutive. In this context the objectification of heritage is not presented as detrimental to cultural change, but seen as constitutive of it. Focussing on the objectification of the masquerade through the gaze, the article demonstrates that the masqueraders themselves have adopted another scopic regime to seek recognition for their art. With this case study we hope to challenge overly pessimistic readings of objectification that seem to be premised on the idea that the cultural transformation only leads to loss.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intangible heritage,masquerade,secret,commodification,senegal
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 13:56
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2021 00:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/46881

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