Examining restitution and repatriation options for cultural artefacts: an empirical enquiry in South Africa

Snowball, J., Collins, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9805-9091 and Nwauchec, E., 2021. Examining restitution and repatriation options for cultural artefacts: an empirical enquiry in South Africa. International Journal of Cultural Policy. ISSN 1028-6632 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

This paper examines some of the ethical issues and repatriation options relating to the return of museum artefacts taken from African countries, mostly during the colonial era. In the context of a relatively new democracy, like South Africa, determining the value of cultural artefacts held in foreign collections, and thus the urgency and priority of their repatriation, may be important. Using a value-based approach this paper details the design and results of an empirical enquiry into a range of repatriation and restitution options intended to affect the return of cultural artefacts to South Africa. An invited online survey and focus group approach was deployed to investigate attitudes, experiences and the nature of the demand for repatriation amongst South African museum curators and collection managers. Findings showed that acceptable repatriation options depend crucially on the class of artefact being discussed, as well as the values being sought.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Cultural Policy
Creators: Snowball, J., Collins, A. and Nwauchec, E.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 15 October 2021
ISSN: 1028-6632
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Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Oct 2021 12:42
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2021 12:42
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44529

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