The art of integration: probing the role of cultural policy in the making of Europe

Karaca, Banu (2010) The art of integration: probing the role of cultural policy in the making of Europe. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 16 (2). pp. 121-137. ISSN 1028-6632

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Mirroring Jacques Delors' much quoted 'No one falls in love with a common market,' there has been an increased emphasis on 'culture' as a vital tool in the European Union (EU) integration process. Yet, how these programs for 'cultural exchange and dialogue' affect artistic production, and reception, is rarely discussed. Drawing on interviews with actors in Berlin and Istanbul who engage with cultural policy in the European arena (2005-2008), this paper aims to illuminate the tensions that this nascent European cultural policy has engendered, not least with regard to the EU stipulations on national cultural sovereignty. I argue that while EU cultural initiatives indeed produce a kind of 'Europeanization,' they do so mainly through thematic and institutional incorporation. However, this type of integration tends to recast power differentials within the EU and beyond, despite proclaimed goals to the contrary, as cultural exchange programs tend to reinforce distinctions between 'art proper' and 'ethnic cultural production.'
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: European cultural policy; intercultural dialogue; European integration; institutional governance; Germany; Turkey
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301-673 Ethnology.Social and cultural anthropology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX1-260 General
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Depositing User: Banu Karaca
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2012 15:06
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 10:49

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