Rethinking Cultural Policy

Rethinking Cultural Policy

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"a fascinating, thorough and expertly argued discussion of the modes and practices of cultural policy in an increasingly globalized and neoliberal world."
European Journal of Communication

Rethinking Cultural Policy addresses issues concerning culture, economy and power in the age of new-liberal globalization. It examines how public cultural policies have been rationalized in the past and how they are being rethought. Arguing that the study of culture and policy should not be confined to prevailing governmental agendas, the book offers a distinctive and independent analysis of cultural policy. The book examines a wide range of issues in cultural policy and blends a close reading of key theories with case studies. Topics covered include:

Branding culture and exploitation
The state, market and civil society
How visitor attractions such as London's Millennium Dome are used for national aggrandizement and corporate business purposes
Cultural development, diversity and ecological tourism in poorer parts of the world

This is the ideal introduction to contemporary cultural policy for undergraduate students in culture and media studies, sociology of culture, politics, arts administration and cultural management courses, as well as postgraduates and researchers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 168 x 240 x 12mm | 326g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0335207014
  • 9780335207015
  • 675,730

Table of contents

Series Editor's Foreword Acknowledgements


1. Cultural Analysis, Technology and Power

2. Discourses of Cultural Policy

3. Cultural Policy Proper

4. Cultural Policy Proper and as Display

5. Rhetorics of Development, Diversity and Tourism

6. Culture, Capitalism and Critique



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About Jim McGuigan

Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Loughborough University. Associate Fellow in Cultural Policy Research, University of Warwick. Editorial board member and co-editor designate of The International Journal of Cultural Policy. Previous books: 'Writers and the Arts Council' (ACGB Pulications, 1981)
'Cultural Popularism' (Routledge, 1992)
'Studying Culture' (Arnold, 1993 & 1997)
'Culture and the Public Sphere' (Routledge, 1996)
'Cultural Methodologies' (Sage, 1997)
'Technocities' (Sage, 1999)
'Modernity and Postmodern Culture' (Open University Press, 1999)
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