Strategic Skepticism: Class, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Participation in the Nomination of Atajo de Negritos and Pallitas to the UNESCO ICH Representative List


Rodrigo Chocano (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

This paper studies how class and ethnic prejudices permeated participation politics in the nomination process of Afro-Andean Atajo de Negritos to the UNESCO ICH Representative List. Urban educated Afro-Peruvian activists advanced this nomination to raise national awareness about Afro-Peruvian culture in general. This approach nevertheless downplayed the local agendas of underprivileged grassroots 'bearers' at the center of the nomination. While urban Afro-Peruvians expected local populations to engage in the nomination out of a shared ethnic consciousness, the latter developed instead a reluctant form of participation that challenged this ethnic solidarity based on a perceived, class-informed, power imbalance.

Part of 14-01 Heritage Studies and Folkloristics, Part II: Nationalism, Class, and Heritage Policies, Monday, October 18, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm