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By Michele Langfield, William Logan, Mairead Nic Craith

This theoretically cutting edge anthology investigates the not easy linkages among preserving cultural history, holding cultural range, defining and constructing cultural citizenship, and imposing human rights. it's the first booklet to handle the notions of cultural variety, cultural background and human rights in a single quantity. history presents the root of humanity’s wealthy cultural range. whereas there's a massive literature dealing individually with cultural range, cultural historical past and human rights, this booklet is certain and has modern relevance in concentrating on the intersection among the 3 thoughts. Cultural range, historical past and Human Rights establishes a clean method that might curiosity scholars and practitioners alike and on which destiny paintings within the history box may possibly continue.

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This chapter considers a particular aspect of cultural heritage – UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme – and what a greater human rights focus might mean in this context. 22 Hilary Charlesworth The Memory of the World Programme UNESCO launched its Memory of the World Programme in 1992 in response to the poor state of documentary heritage in many countries. The immediate catalyst was the 1992 destruction of the National Library in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists (Harvey 2007: 263). Lack of resources devoted to preserving this heritage had been exacerbated by armed conflict and social upheaval; collections of documents had also been broken up, scattered or destroyed through theft and removal.

It is therefore incumbent on anthropologists to be involved in the debate on enlarging our understanding of human rights on the basis of anthropological knowledge and research. 30 Hilary Charlesworth References Alston, Philip and Crawford, James (eds) (2000) The Future of UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. American Anthropological Association (1947) ‘Statement on Human Rights,’ American Anthropologist 49: 537–43. Cerna, Christina M. (1994) ‘Universality of Human Rights and Cultural Diversity: Implementation of Human Rights in Different Socio-Cultural Contexts,’ Human Rights Quarterly 16: 740–52.

Nic Craith, M. (2008) ‘Intangible Cultural Heritages: the Challenges for Europe,’ Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 17: 54–73. O’Keefe, Patrick J. (1999) ‘Archaeology and Human Rights,’ Public Archaeology 1: 181–94. Robertson, G. (1999) Crimes against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice, London: Allen Lane. Shannan Peckham, R. (2003) ‘The Politics of Heritage and Public Culture,’ in R. ) Rethinking Heritage: Cultures and Politics in Europe, London and New York: I. B. Tauris. Silverman, H.

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