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Wenhua fansi yu dazao chuantong (Cultural Reflexions and Creating Traditions)


Wu, Xiujie (2011). Wenhua fansi yu dazao chuantong (Cultural Reflexions and Creating Traditions). Xinjiang shifan daxue xuebao (Journal of Xinjiang Normal University), 32(6):19-23.

Abstract

To protect, collect, and perpetuate the heritage of traditional,ethnic folk cultures is a cultural mechanism of (re)establishing ethnical and regional identities. Yet, what kinds of considerations, logics and dynamics may be hidden behind the collecting and editing activities? This paper introduces the analytical framework of “cultural intimacy”, developed by Michael Herzfeld, and the case study about the Uhygur Muqam song in Xinjiang investigated by Nathan Light, to argue that the so-called representative cultural products are in fact the results of multilayered negotiations. The concrete processes, motivations and logics shaping these negotiations are worthy to be taken into consideration by social and cultural anthropology. Moreover, the issue of “protection of cultural heritage” is a promising interdisciplinary area that allows integrating disciplines like folk literature studies, folklore studies and anthropology.

To protect, collect, and perpetuate the heritage of traditional,ethnic folk cultures is a cultural mechanism of (re)establishing ethnical and regional identities. Yet, what kinds of considerations, logics and dynamics may be hidden behind the collecting and editing activities? This paper introduces the analytical framework of “cultural intimacy”, developed by Michael Herzfeld, and the case study about the Uhygur Muqam song in Xinjiang investigated by Nathan Light, to argue that the so-called representative cultural products are in fact the results of multilayered negotiations. The concrete processes, motivations and logics shaping these negotiations are worthy to be taken into consideration by social and cultural anthropology. Moreover, the issue of “protection of cultural heritage” is a promising interdisciplinary area that allows integrating disciplines like folk literature studies, folklore studies and anthropology.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:790 Sports, games & entertainment
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cultural intimay; Cultural Identity; Muqam in Xinjiang; Collection of Folk Literature
Language:Chinese
Date:November 2011
Deposited On:26 Mar 2012 07:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:44
Publisher:Gai-Kan Bianjibu
ISSN:1005-9245
Official URL:http://www.cnki.net/
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-61208

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