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The magic of bureaucracy: repatriation as ceremony

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As a curator who has been responsible for the return of Indigenous human remains from a UK museum, I take as a starting point for this article the dossier of paperwork and the administrative acts required to negotiate the decision about a claim and de-accession; to meet requirements for export, customs, and airline transport; and effect the return of human remains. The administrative actions involved in repatriation are forms of ritual, performances of corporate identity, and relations of pow...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.3167/armw.2017.050103

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
Linacre College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Berghahn Journals Publisher's website
Journal:
Museum Worlds Journal website
Volume:
5
Issue:
1
Pages:
9-21
Publication date:
2017-07-01
Acceptance date:
2017-06-30
DOI:
EISSN:
2049-6737
ISSN:
2049-6729
Source identifiers:
795406
Language:
English
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pubs:795406
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uuid:1310f980-d311-499d-86c0-fd10f1f2d3d5
Local pid:
pubs:795406
Deposit date:
2017-11-22

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