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Museums, Diasporas and the Sustainability of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Oslo University, Oslo 0315, Norway
Received: 2 April 2013; in revised form: 23 April 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 13 May 2013
Abstract: This article is about the work of museums in constructing the intangible cultural heritage of migration and diasporas. I address the cultural dimension of sustainability and examine what happens to living traditions in migratory contexts, in particular, in contexts of international migrations, and consider different participatory approaches used by museums. I propose that collaborative projects drawing upon the principles of ecomuseology and what I describe as participation by endowment may provide new ways of involving groups of immigrant background. I limit the discussion to questions tied to the intangible cultural heritage of migration to Europe and argue that by recording, documenting, safeguarding and keeping the intangible heritage of diasporas alive, museums contribute in promoting self-esteem among these populations and social cohesion in society.
Keywords: sustainability; culture diversity; intangible cultural heritage; museums; migration; diaspora; participation; endowment
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Naguib, S.-A. Museums, Diasporas and the Sustainability of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Sustainability 2013, 5, 2178-2190.
Naguib S-A. Museums, Diasporas and the Sustainability of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Sustainability. 2013; 5(5):2178-2190.
Naguib, Saphinaz-Amal. 2013. "Museums, Diasporas and the Sustainability of Intangible Cultural Heritage." Sustainability 5, no. 5: 2178-2190.