Heritage Kinaesthetics: Local Constructivism of UNESCO's Intangible-Tangible Politics at a Favela Museum
Nadezhda Dimitrova Savova
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Nadezhda Dimitrova Savova: Princeton University
No 1164, Working Papers from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.
Writing practiced as walking and walking as writing, I explore the spatial phenomenology of urban revitalization, heritage, and cultural tourism through the ways in which a Brazilian community imagines its history and constructs its presence in practices of local constructivism of a heritage site. The site is Providencia, Rio de Janeiroâ€™s oldest favela (shantytown) and the Open-Air/ Living Museum that the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro established in the neighborhood, by building an open-air tourist trail. How in the practice of heritage-making do the locals imagine the local cultural heritage? Do they affirm or modify the institutional (municipality, state, and UNESCO) conceptualizations of tangible and intangible heritage? And how does tourism connect to the conjuring of community cultural revival and economic improvements?
Keywords: tangible and intangible cultural heritage; cultural policy; tourism; museum; space and place; social development; Brazil (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z11 D02 L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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