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Reconfiguring Tradition(s) in Europe: An Introduction to the Special Issue

Abstract : Tradition" has been a key concept and object of European ethnology from the foundation of the discipline all the way to intangible cultural heritage policies today. A focus has been given to the cultural and social circulations and permutations affecting traditional facts and has shown the plasticity of "traditions" to (ever-)changing social conditions. Understood as "uses of the past", these mainly political and sociological understandings of what "tradition" means today need to be complemented with a view on the emotional aspects of this peculiarly human way of imagining and experiencing the world. This text introduces three notions which highlight the experiential dimension of tradition: re-enchantment, ritualization, and heritage-making. We hope to forge new paths towards the exploration of all things "traditional" and their cultural dynamics.
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Alessandro Testa, Cyril Isnart. Reconfiguring Tradition(s) in Europe: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Ethnologia Europaea, 2020, 50 (1), ⟨10.16995/ee.1917⟩. ⟨halshs-03097194⟩



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