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With the growth of interest in the debates about what culture is, and who 'owns' it, questions of cultural policy have moved to the forefront of wider dicussions of citizenship. This book unpicks the significance of culture for citizenship. Among the topics explored are the strengths and weaknesses of the 'civilizing mission' of museums; the moralism of 'Third Way' politics; the proper base for funding culture and the arts; the impact of globalization on culture and citizenship; the fantasies of freedom in Internet use; the tensions between human rights advocacy and citizenship; and the place of citizen ideals in governance. What emerges is a superb resource for analyzing the meaning of cultural policy in contemporary society. It both summa

Acting on the Social: Art, Culture, and Government
Acting on the social: Art, culture, and government
TonyBennett, Open University

The cultural turn in sociology tends to merge the realms of the social and the cultural into one another. In two case studies on cultural governance, it is suggested that these realms are more usefully regarded as distinct in order to understand how culture has been shaped into a historically distinctive means for acting on the social. The first case study examines how art was enlisted as a means of acting on what were deemed problematic class behaviours in the reforming programs of mid-19th century English liberalism. The article then considers the varied roles accorded art as a means of acting on communities in contemporary programs of advanced ...

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