Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

Challenges to Identifying and Managing Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mauritius, Zanzibar and Seychelles

Rosabelle Boswell. ISBN: 2-86978-215-2; ISBN 13: 978-2-86978-215-0; 93 pages,

Number of visits: 4650

This book is a preliminary discussion of factors challenging the management of intangible cultural heritage
in the African communities of Zanzibar, Mauritius and Seychelles. These islands are part of an overlapping
cultural and economic zone influenced by a long history of slavery and colonial rule, a situation that has
produced inequalities and underdevelopment. In all of them, heritage management is seriously underfinanced
and under-resourced.

African descendant heritage is given little attention and this continues to erode identity
and sense of belonging to the nation.

In Zanzibar, tensions between majority and minority political parties affect heritage initiatives on the island.

In Mauritius, the need to diversify the economy and tourism sector is encouraging the commercialisation of
heritage and the homogenisation of Creole identity.

In Seychelles, the legacy of socialist rule affects the
conceptualisation and management of heritage, thereby discouraging a thorough exploration of the island’s wide range of
intangible heritages.

Through this book the author expresses the urgent need to commit more funding and greater attention to
heritage management in Africa.

June 26 2008