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Representative Bearers of Tradition: Grassroots Preservation and Official Policies

Svensson, Marina LU (2013) The Second International Conference on Cultural Heritage
Abstract
This paper addresses the life, work, representations, and official policies surrounding so-called representative bearers (daibiao chuancheng renwu) of tradition. The paper provides an overview of this policy and the selection process at both the local, national and global level.

The paper focuses on the field of ancestral ceremonies and aim to illustrate the artificial and arbitrary dichotomy that listings and separation of the intangible and tangible heritage imply. I also aim to address the role of official recognised representative bearers of tradition and laymen and grassroots participants. My case study is based on participation at different types of ancestral ceremonies in Zhejiang over the past 10 years as well as... (More)
This paper addresses the life, work, representations, and official policies surrounding so-called representative bearers (daibiao chuancheng renwu) of tradition. The paper provides an overview of this policy and the selection process at both the local, national and global level.

The paper focuses on the field of ancestral ceremonies and aim to illustrate the artificial and arbitrary dichotomy that listings and separation of the intangible and tangible heritage imply. I also aim to address the role of official recognised representative bearers of tradition and laymen and grassroots participants. My case study is based on participation at different types of ancestral ceremonies in Zhejiang over the past 10 years as well as interviews with those who organize them and who are involved in the writing and printing of genealogies. The paper is also based on readings of official documents, academic works, visual and mediated representations in films and on the Internet.
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  abstract     = {This paper addresses the life, work, representations, and official policies surrounding so-called representative bearers (daibiao chuancheng renwu) of tradition. The paper provides an overview of this policy and the selection process at both the local, national and global level. <br/><br/>The paper focuses on the field of ancestral ceremonies and aim to illustrate the artificial and arbitrary dichotomy that listings and separation of the intangible and tangible heritage imply. I also aim to address the role of official recognised representative bearers of tradition and laymen and grassroots participants. My case study is based on participation at different types of ancestral ceremonies in Zhejiang over the past 10 years as well as interviews with those who organize them and who are involved in the writing and printing of genealogies. The paper is also based on readings of official documents, academic works, visual and mediated representations in films and on the Internet.<br/>},
  author       = {Svensson, Marina},
  keyword      = {cultural heritage,China,Asian studies},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Representative Bearers of Tradition: Grassroots Preservation and Official Policies},
  year         = {2013},
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