Sounding Out Heritage: Cultural Politics and the Social Practice of 'Quan ho' Folk Song in Northern Vietnam (Hardback)Lauren Meeker (author)
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With its focus on the politics of rescuing, preserving, and performing folk music, this book makes a timely contribution to studies of cultural politics by showing with considerable nuance how a tradition can become a self-conscious heritage and national icon. In 2009, Quan H? B?c Ninh Folk Songs was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Defining and reframing quan h? as cultural heritage has further complicated the relationship between village and professional quan h? and raises crucial issues about who has the authority to speak for quan h? in the international context. Sounding Out Heritage offers an in-depth account of the impact of cultural politics on the lives and practices of quan h? folk singers in Vietnam and shows compellingly how a tradition can mean many things to many people.
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Number of pages: 200
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