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Public Culture, Cultural Identity, Cultural Policy

Comparative Perspectives

Authors: Mulcahy, Kevin V.

  • Animates the study of cultural policy with comprehensive, interdisciplinary coverage
  • Fuses politics, identity, the arts, and policy into an inclusive examination of how culture can influence political decision-making and vice-versa
  • Focuses on a wide cross-section of disciplines, including arts administration, cultural studies, history, literature, performing arts, political science, and sociology
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About this book

This book places the study of public support for the arts and culture within the prism of public policy making. It is explicitly comparative in casting cultural policy within a broad sociopolitical and historical framework. Given the complexity of national communities, there has been an absence of comparative analyses that would explain the wide variability in modes of cultural policy as reflections of public cultures and cultural identity. The discussion is internationally focused and interdisciplinary. Mulcahy contextualizes a wide variety of cultural policies and their relation to politics and identity by asking a basic question: who gets their heritage valorized and by whom is this done? The fundamental assumption is that culture is at the heart of public policy as it defines national identity and personal value.

About the authors

Kevin V. Mulcahy is the Sheldon Beychok Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Louisiana State University, USA, and received his PhD from Brown University, USA. He is the co-author or co-editor of six books, including Public Policy and the Arts and America’s Commitment to Culture (1995), as well as over fifty articles in scholarly journals and chapters in edited books. He has served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society for sixteen years.

Reviews

“In recent years, cultural policy research has been increasingly preoccupied by economics, planning, participation, and arts advocacy. Public Culture is an invitation to re-engage with the crucial question of identity in cultural policy research. This book confirms the originality and timeliness of Political Science's outlook on cultural policy.” (Jonathan Paquette, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Ottawa, Canada)

“Arguing that cultural polices are embedded in political values, Mulcahy explores the promotion of cultural identity in contrasting national and sub-national contexts. Demonstrating impressive intellectual range, Mulcahy deploys comparative perspectives to yield valuable, new insights into the political function of cultural policies.” (Oliver Bennett, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Policy, the University of Warwick, UK and Editor of International Journal of Cultural Policy)

“This book covers an extensive review of key topics of interest to readers and students of public policy, culture, ideology and identity and colonialism. Professor Mulcahy notes so well that culture is about human expression and identity as he explores in different international contexts, how policy and administration has varied in modality and effect as a reflection of broader political ideologies and administrative traditions. This book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on cultural policy in the broadest sense.” (Stephen Boyle, Associate Professor, University of South Australia, Australia)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Hidden-Hand Culture: The American System of Cultural Patronage

    Mulcahy, Kevin V.

    Pages 3-32

  • Exporting Civilization: French Cultural Diplomacy

    Mulcahy, Kevin V.

    Pages 33-63

  • Patronizing Mega-events to Globalize Identity: The Olympic Opening Ceremony as a Cultural Policy

    Mulcahy, Kevin V.

    Pages 65-92

  • Coloniality: The Cultural Policy of Post-colonialism

    Mulcahy, Kevin V.

    Pages 95-124

  • Internal Coloniality: Cultural Regions and the Politics of Nationalism

    Mulcahy, Kevin V.

    Pages 125-150

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-43543-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39861-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Public Culture, Cultural Identity, Cultural Policy
Book Subtitle
Comparative Perspectives
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43543-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-43543-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39861-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LI, 201
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