Social Representations of Taukuka: A social knowledge approach to the preservation of Bellonese intangible cultural heritage

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Social Representations of Taukuka: A social knowledge approach to the preservation of Bellonese intangible cultural heritage

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dc.contributor.author Leeming, David
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-22T13:03:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-22T13:03:05Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 74 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20974
dc.description.abstract Solomon Islands along with other Pacific Islands nations is adopting legislation designed to protect traditional knowledge and expressions of culture from misappropriation, attrition and loss of economic opportunity for owners. These developments require the state to engage across a highly pluralistic customary and social landscape. Ethnographic studies have shown that owing to such plurality unintended consequences may arise from attempts to rationalise indigenous conceptualisations such as customary laws to render them accessible to outside interests. The preservation of intangible cultural heritage requires understanding of the communicative processes that maintain its significance and value and which are involved in its continuation, transformation and transmission. This study approaches this challenge from the perspective of social knowledge; the common-sense and empirical reality experienced by the owners of a representative aspect of the culture. The case chosen for this research is the ritual taukuka tattooing practice of the Bellonese people of Solomon Islands. Social representations theory is used to show that the field of representation of this cultural practice is heterogeneous with consensual and non-consensual features. Whilst revival of the taukuka is unlikely due to prerequisite religious ontology, its preservation as significant heritage where ownership remains with the lineages and families may best be assured through cultural education and artistic representations. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle en_US
dc.subject Communication en_US
dc.subject Social representations en_US
dc.subject Pacific Islands en_US
dc.subject ComDev en_US
dc.subject Cultural heritage en_US
dc.subject Tattoo en_US
dc.subject Polynesia en_US
dc.subject Bellona en_US
dc.subject Oceania en_US
dc.subject Culture policy en_US
dc.subject Cultural education en_US
dc.title Social Representations of Taukuka: A social knowledge approach to the preservation of Bellonese intangible cultural heritage en_US
dc.type H1 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok SocialBehaviourLaw en_US
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