Heritage transactions at the Festival of Pacific Arts

Henry, Rosita, and Foana'ota, Lawrence (2015) Heritage transactions at the Festival of Pacific Arts. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 21 (2). pp. 133-152.

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Abstract

The Festival of Pacific Arts, hosted by a different Pacific Island state once every four years, is a prime site for the reproduction of the global discourse on heritage. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted at the festival, this paper focuses on how the concept of heritage is employed at the festival as both an instrument of statecraft and a tool for the assertion of grass-roots political and economic agency. We conclude that heritage in the context of the festival is a form of cultural practice involving relationships of power and inequality, expressed in transactions of ownership and value transformations that have become over determined by economic logic and the concept of property.

Item ID: 33230
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Pacific Arts Festival; cultural heritage; cultural diplomacy; creative industries; anthropology of the state
ISSN: 1470-3610
Funders: Research Council of Norway, James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: Research Council of Norway Grant No. 185646
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 06:22
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950306 Conserving Pacific Peoples Heritage @ 100%
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