“Valdimar Hafstein [is the] author of some of the most mordant and witty critical analysis of intangible heritage protection.”
— From "UNESCO and the Strange Career of Multiculturalism," published in the Los Angeles Review of Books
“A brilliant and beautifully written examination of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage initiative in theory and practice from multiple perspectives. This landmark volume will change how we think about intangible heritage.”
— Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, author of Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage.
“Underpinned by lively and humorous ethnographic observations of intangible heritage in all its cultural and bureaucratic expressions, Valdimar offers an engaging, critical, and insightful account of the uses and consequences of intangible heritage and its safeguarding. This captivating and theoretically important book offers an overdue assessment of the impact and consequences of what the concept of intangible heritage does at international and local levels.”
— Laurajane Smith, author of Uses of Heritage
“While a prior knowledge of international heritage policy can help, students, scholars, and professionals in anthropology, folklore, and allied fields and disciplines – those interested in heritage theory and practice, and those out on the frontlines of “ICH" work – should read this book.”
— Cultural Analysis