Recognizing children's culture as integral part of the heritage of humanity

While sometimes suffering under poverty, sickness and oppression children are at the same time active participants in creating the society and culture in which they grow up. Therefore, children's culture should be rightly recognized as an integral part of the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity.

As far as I could find out, the UNESCO program for safeguarding the tangible and intangible Heritage of Humanity (http://portal.unesco.org/culture) does not contain any project related to children's culture. Under the section: Intangible Heritage of Humanity: 90 representative elements (http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?pg=00011) I found nothing on children’s cultures or play and toy cultures and only one link to children: the Kankurang, Manding Initiatory Rite, Gambia - Senegal. In this project only the role of adults is mentioned.

I am looking forward to find other anthropologist interested in promoting this recognition of children's culture, especially children's play and toy culture.

Jean-Pierre Rossie
www.sanatoyplay.org

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Comment by Jean-Pierre Rossie on August 10, 2009 at 7:29pm
I already posted a message for Tobias Hecht in the group Anthropology and children. I certainly shall contact Thierry Wendling. Thanks for putting me in contact with these scholars.
Comment by Keith Hart on August 10, 2009 at 11:37am
It is true that Thierry Wendling writes about adult games, but I know he has also studies the way children make up rules for their games. It would be worth contacting him, although I don't know what he has published on the subject.
Comment by Jean-Pierre Rossie on August 10, 2009 at 10:37am
Dear Keith Hart,
Thanks for your suggestions. I don’t know Thierry Wendling but looked for him on the Internet. I shall contact him as you suggest but his research seems to be on the other end of the toys and play spectrum, namely adults playing chess. A common topic however is the link between ritual and (children’s) play.

I also looked on the Internet for Tobias Hecht. His research seems closer to mine and I shall try to reach him here. Do you have an email address of Tobias Hecht.
Comment by Keith Hart on August 10, 2009 at 8:56am
I am sure you know the work on children's play of Thierry Wendling (LAHIC, Paris), but just in case his email address is theirry.wendling@unine.ch.This is the slow summer period, so there is no guarantee that anyone is watching the OAC. You might try to contact Tobias Hecht here. Have you thought of sending a message to all the members of the Anthropology of children Group that he set up?

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