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Harris, Rachel (2020) '“A Weekly Mäshräp to Tackle Extremism”: Music-making in Uyghur Communities and Intangible Cultural Heritage in China.' Ethnomusicology, 64 (1). pp. 23-55.

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Abstract

This article provides an in-depth study and critique of the nomination and inscription of an item on UNESCO’s lists of intangible cultural heritage, and the developments following its acceptance. China is now a major partner in UNESCO’s heritage projects, but the application and experience of heritage initiatives across China has been highly uneven. I discuss the particular challenges presented in the contested, predominantly Muslim Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. I focus on the question of community, a term that lies at the heart of the UNESCO literature. What do we mean by community, and why do we think it matters? How does socially embedded music-making facilitate community, and how do heritage initiatives change that?

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: intangible cultural heritage – music – community – Uyghur – Xinjiang – China
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of Music
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
ISSN: 00141836
Copyright Statement: © 2020 by the Society for Ethnomusicology. This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.5406/ethnomusicology.64.1.0023
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2018 08:37
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/26524

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