Cultural property such as works of art, monuments, literature, sacred remains, and traditional practices can create a profound sense of communal belonging, yet nothing illuminates the ambiguities of group identity more powerfully than conflicting claims to such material.
This volume addresses current controversies over various kinds of cultural property from the perspectives of archaeology, physical anthropology, ethnobiology, ethnomusicology, law, history, and cultural and literary studies. Its fifteen essays focus on tangible, unique property such as the Parthenon Marbles and the Kennewick skeleton where disagreements over custody have prompted debates about repatriation and restitution; intangible property such as the patterns of Maori tattoo whose appropriation has instigated calls for indigenous licensing and control; and figurative "representations" such as Philip Roth's portrayal of American Jewishness that have provoked both censure and censorship.
Elazar Barkan is chair of the Cultural Studies Department and professor of history and cultural studies at Claremont Graduate University, California. His books include The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices. Ronald Bush is Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature at Oxford University. His books include T.S. Eliot: A Study in Character and Style.
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Series: Issues & Debates