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Maags, Christina (2020) 'Disseminating the Policy Narrative of ‘Heritage under Threat’ in China.' International Journal of Cultural Policy, 26 (3). pp. 273-290.

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Originating from within the UNESCO, narratives on ‘heritage under threat’ tell the story of how and why intangible cultural heritage (ICH) practices are valuable, why are they disappearing, and how they can be protected from destruction. Focusing on PR China, this paper conducts a frame analysis to identify narratives on ‘heritage under threat’ as employed by the UNESCO, the Chinese party-state, and academics. The study argues that while policy narratives in any country undergo a process of congruence-building, circulation, and implementation, these processes take distinctive forms in authoritarian countries due to the states’ discursive and political monopoly: While non-state actors are involved, the state primarily steers the appropriation process. Nevertheless, once established, the policy narrative transforms across time and space, enabling local actors to use it to pursue their own interests.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Narratives, policy, intangible cultural heritage (ICH), UNESCO, China
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 10286632
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Cultural Policy on 24 Jul 2018, available online:
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Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2018 10:01

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