Hitherto, cultural theory and empirical work on culture have outstripped cultural policy. This book rectifies the peculiar imbalance in the field of Cultural Studies by offering the first comprehensive and international work on cultural policy. Fully alive to the challenges posed by globalization it addresses a wide range of central topics including cinema, television, museums, international organizations, art, public history, drama and performance art. The result is a landmark work in the emerging field of cultural policy. Rigorous in its field of survey and astute in its critical commentary it enables students to gain a global grounding in cultural policy. It will be essential reading for students of cultural studies and cultural sociology.

Introduction: The History and Theory of Cultural Policy

Introduction: The history and theory of cultural policy

Can it be denied that the education of the common people is the most effective means of protecting persons and property? – Lord Macaulay (quoted in Lloyd and Thomas (1998) 18)

Culture is connected to policy in two registers: the aesthetic and the anthropological. In the aesthetic register, artistic output emerges from creative people and is judged by aesthetic criteria, as framed by the interests and practices of cultural criticism and history. In this world, culture is taken as a marker of differences and similarities in taste and status within social groups. The anthropological register, on the other hand, takes culture as a marker of how we live our lives, the ...

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