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Maags, Christina (2018) 'Creating a Race to the Top: Hierarchies and Competition within the Chinese ICH Transmitters System.' In: Maags, Christina and Svensson, Marina, (eds.), Chinese Cultural Heritage in the Making: Experiences, Negotiations and Contestations. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 121-144. (Asian Heritages)

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The chapter retraces the impact of the two main intangible heritage policies (ICH) on individuals and communities in the cities of Jiujiang and Changzhou. Although ICH policies are aimed at supporting local cultural work, the chapter shows how local policy implementation facilitates division and hierarchies among local stakeholders, particularly as inscription often depends on good connections to heritage experts and officials. In the competition for inscription, local stakeholders often employ official heritage discourses and heritage expertise to enhance their agency and obtain legitimacy in the heritage-making process, enhancing contestation and conflicts between members within and between local communities.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: intangible cultural heritage, transmitters, policy, discourses, contestation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISBN: 9789048534067
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Amsterdam University Press. This book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). To view a copy of this license, visit Funding is provided by Knowledge Unlatched Select 2017: Frontlist.
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 12:03
Funders: Other

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