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The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics: Examining the Role of Politics and Diplomacy in Cultural Property Disputes

Shehade, M; Fouseki, K; (2016) The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics: Examining the Role of Politics and Diplomacy in Cultural Property Disputes. International Journal of Cultural Property , 23 (4) pp. 357-383. 10.1017/S0940739116000308. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper constitutes the first systematic attempt to synthesise the role of politics as an affecting dynamic during the negotiation of cultural property disputes. The paper limits its scope to disputes concerning the ownership of cultural artefacts between States and museums settled through negotiation and to the subsequent claims for the return of the contested objects. The discussion focuses on four ways in which the negotiation process is affected when States act as claimants including: the discourse and argumentation used, the available means to pressure the other party to negotiate, the possible political interventions and the international political scene and its effect on the development of the dispute. Through the examination of multiple case studies, it is argued that in such disputes, several elements related to the role of politics are at interplay affecting the evolution of the negotiation process. Finally, it is also argued that the role of politics as an affecting dynamic during the negotiation process is multidimensional, consisting of many different interrelated dynamics that can potentially alter the course of the process.

Type: Article
Title: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics: Examining the Role of Politics and Diplomacy in Cultural Property Disputes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0940739116000308
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0940739116000308
Language: English
Additional information: This article has been published in the International Journal of Cultural Property: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0940739116000308. This article is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. Copyright © International Cultural Property Society 2016.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529977
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