Reflections on the Metacultural Nature of Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • Markus Tauschek Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel


One of the most central findings of recent heritage research in cultural anthropology points to heritage as a social process and as the result of a metacultural operation. This article discusses the metacultural nature of heritage by focusing on the history of heritage both as a concrete social practice and as a powerful concept of cultural policy. For heuristic reasons, the article tends to put the conceptualisation of heritage as a metacultural product in question and proposes to translate concepts from ritual studies into heritage research.

Author Biography

Markus Tauschek, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
Assistant Professor, Seminar für Europäische Ethnologie/VolkskundeChristian-Albrechts-Universität KielOlshausenstr. 40D-24098 Kiel
How to Cite
TAUSCHEK, Markus. Reflections on the Metacultural Nature of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 49-64, july 2012. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 mar. 2023.


Intangible heritage; frame analysis; metaculture; tradition