Governance of or through culture? cultural policy and the politics of culture in Europe

Karaca, Banu (2009) Governance of or through culture? cultural policy and the politics of culture in Europe. Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 2009 (55). pp. 27-40. ISSN 0920-1297 (Print) 1558-5263 (Online)

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The notion of culture has loomed large in discourses and polemics regarding European integration and immigration in the European framework. While culture, as in fundamental cultural difference, is identified as the source of contemporary political quandaries, its incarnation as intercultural dialogue is conceived as their solution. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in the arts settings of Berlin and Istanbul, this article elucidates how this type of "culture talk" intersects with recent cultural policy formations in the European Union and the national arenas of Germany and Turkey. Much of the political productivity of culture arises from a constant slippage between the different, often contradictory, meanings accorded to the culture-concept. This extension of the "rhetoric of culture" engenders a shift from a governance of culture to one through culture by relaying an array of pressing political concerns from the realm of social and economic policy to that of culture in the sense of artistic expression.
Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301-673 Ethnology.Social and cultural anthropology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in 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 14:58
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 10:48

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