Beckmann and Wiber - Chapter 15
Cultural Property, Repatriation and Relative Publics
Which Public" Whose Culture"
Melanie G. Wiber
this paper I utilise recent reevaluations of the public/private
dichotomy in property theory to explore the repatriation of objects
claimed on the basis of cultural
property rights. My analysis is based on two North American cases of
repatriation, one from Canada and one from the United States. First, I
rely on the concept of 'relative publics' to ask questions about
potential multiple claimants to cultural property. I also use notions
of space and time to think
about the role of power both in establishing value for particular units
of cultural property, and also to control access.