Law and Heritage
Edited by Charlotte Waelde, Catherine Cummings, Mathilde Pavis and Helena Enright
Chapter 9: ICH and authority: lawless ‘DIY’ approaches to contemporary ICH
For most people, direct experience of the world tends to be confined to the closely familiar. Everything else is learnt second-hand from others, or increasingly through news, visual and social media as representations of an unfamiliar world where different rules may apply. Heritage often falls into this category. By its traditional definition, heritage has tended to be ‘other’ – those special historic places we occasionally visit or encounter, often in leisure time, to escape everyday routines, to learn or to be inspired. But gradually, and recently, heritage has extended its definition to embrace the ordinary places and activities that we routinely experience through our everyday lives. People’s relationship with heritage has therefore changed, yet the systems for managing it remain largely static. This chapter outlines some of the challenges this situation presents, not least in the relationship between people, places and the practices that connect them, and with a focus on contemporary intangible cultural heritage.
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