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Title:
"Cultural Policy": Towards a Global Survey
Author:
Yudhishthir Raj Isar: Cultural Policy Studies, The American University of Paris and Maître de Conférence at Sciences Po.
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.091551
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Year:
2009
Volume:
1
Theme:
Theme: What’s the Use of Cultural Research?
Pages:
61-65
No. of pages:
15
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2009-06-11


The field of “cultural policy” has acquired sufficient purchase internationally to warrant a comparative global survey. This article examines questions that arise preliminary to such an endeavour. It looks first at the problems posed by the divided nature of “cultural policy” research: on the one hand policy advisory work that is essentially pragmatic, and on the other so-called “theoretical” analysis which has little or no purchase on policy-making. In both cases, key elements are missed. A way out of the quandary would be to privilege a line of inquiry that analyzes the “arts and heritage” both in relation to the institutional terms and objectives of these fields but also as components of a broader “cultural system” whose dynamics can only be properly grasped in terms of the social science or “ways of life” paradigm. Such a line of inquiry would address: the ways in which subsidized cultural practice interacts with or is impacted by social, economic and political forces; the domains of public intervention where the cultural in the broader social science sense elicits policy stances and policy action; the nature of public intervention in both categories; whether and how the objects and practices of intervention are conceptualised in a holistic way. A second set of interrogations concerns axes for the comparison of “cultural policy” trans-nationally. One possible axis is provided by different state stances with respect to Raymond Williams’ categories of national aggrandizement, economic reductionism, public patronage of the arts, media regulation and the negotiated construction of cultural identity. Another avenue would be to unpack interpretations of two leading current agendas, namely “cultural diversity” and the “cultural and/or creative industries”.

Keywords: Cultural policy; cultural politics; sociology of culture; cultural theory; cultural industries; cultural diversity; creativity and innovation

Volume 1, Theme: Theme: What’s the Use of Cultural Research?, Article 5, 2009

Author:
Yudhishthir Raj Isar
Title:
"Cultural Policy": Towards a Global Survey
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.091551
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  • Volume 1, Theme:: Theme: What’s the Use of Cultural Research?, Article 5, 2009

    Author:
    Yudhishthir Raj Isar
    Title:
    "Cultural Policy": Towards a Global Survey
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.091551
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