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Enchanting town of mud: the politics of heritage in Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mali.

Joy, C.; (2008) Enchanting town of mud: the politics of heritage in Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mali. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis examines UNESCO's World Heritage project in Djenne, a World Heritage site in Mali. It argues that only through a thorough understanding of UNESCO's history and political structure can the ideological basis for its work be revealed. UNESCO's recent focus on intangible heritage provides a model for examining the difficulties it encounters in Djenne. Accordingly, UNESCO's move from a concentration on 'outstanding universal value' and an archival approach to cultural heritage towards a more dynamic emphasis on cultural transmission finds a resonance in Djenne. A study of the work of artisans, guides and the Festival du Djennery held in the town all reveal cultural heritage to be a negotiated practice, in need of constant adaptation to remain relevant to a population struggling to live in conditions of extreme poverty.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Enchanting town of mud: the politics of heritage in Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mali.
Identifier: PQ ETD:591508
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Images identifying individuals have been partially redacted to protect their identity
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1444206
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