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The Tautology of "Intangible Values" and the Misrecognition of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Smith, Laurajane; Campbell, Gary


This paper explores the contradictions of the advent, dissemination and use of the terms intangible value and tangible value. We examine their logical and grammatical incoherence, and the work that these strange terms, so often used in tandem, do to domesticate what are for some people the uncomfortable implications of the concept of intangible cultural heritage. In developing our argument, the paper draws on a range of policy and academic documents to illustrate the extent of the professional...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-01-11
Type: Journal article
Source: Heritage and Society
DOI: 10.1080/2159032X.2017.1423225
Access Rights: Open Access


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