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Title: Enchanting town of mud : the politics of heritage in Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mali
Author: Joy, Charlotte Louise
ISNI:       0000 0001 4000 299X
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis examines UNESCO's World Heritage project in Djenne, a World Heritage site in Mali. It argues that only through a thorough understanding of UNESCO's history and political structure can the ideological basis for its work be revealed. UNESCO's recent focus on intangible heritage provides a model for examining the difficulties it encounters in Djenne. Accordingly, UNESCO's move from a concentration on 'outstanding universal value' and an archival approach to cultural heritage towards a more dynamic emphasis on cultural transmission finds a resonance in Djenne. A study of the work of artisans, guides and the Festival du Djennery held in the town all reveal cultural heritage to be a negotiated practice, in need of constant adaptation to remain relevant to a population struggling to live in conditions of extreme poverty.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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