The Cultural Turn in International Aid is one of the first volumes to analyse a wide and comprehensive range of issues related to culture and international aid in a critical and constructive manner. Assessing why international aid is provided for cultural projects, rather than for other causes, the book also considers whether and how donor funded cultural projects can address global challenges, including post-conflict recovery, building peace and security, strengthening resilience, or promoting human rights.
With contributions from experts around the globe, this volume critically assesses the impact of international aid, including the diverse power relations and inequalities it creates, and the interests it serves at international, national and local levels. The book also considers projects that have failed and analyses the reasons for their failure, drawing out lessons learnt and considering what could be done better in the future. Contributors to the volume also consider the influence of donors in privileging some forms of culture over others, creating or maintaining specific memories, identities, and interpretations of history, and their reasons for doing so. These rich discussions are contextualised through a historical section, which considers the definitions, approaches and discourses related to culture and aid at international and regional levels.
Providing consideration of manifold manifestations of culture, The Cultural Turn in International Aid will be of great interest to scholars, students and practitioners. It will be particularly useful for those engaged in the study of heritage, anthropology, international aid and development, international relations, humanitarian studies, community development, cultural studies, politics or sociology.
Table of Contents
1. The Cultural Turn in International Aid? Setting the Scene
Part I: Definitions, approaches and discourses: International and regional perspectives
2. Creative Economy and Development: International Institution’s Perspectives
Christiaan De Beukelaer and Antonios Vlassis
3. Culture in EU International Relations: between Discourse and Practice
Christiane Dabdoub Nasser and Fanny Bouquerel
4. Heritage Development: Culture and Heritage at the World Bank
Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels
5. UNESCO, Culture, Aid and Development in the New Millennium
Part II: National Policies and Ethnographies of International Aid for Culture
6. Whose tool for what purpose? The struggle for cultural industry infrastructure in Liberia
7. Behind the Facade of the Diplomacy of International Culture Aid
Ibrahima Thiaw and Mouhamed Ly
8. Life and Death of a Community Library: A Case Study in Micro-Development
9. Traditional Performing Arts Under the Influence of NGOs: Myth or Reality?
Suppya Hélène Nut
10. Blowing Hot and Cold: Culture-Related Activities in the Deployment of Australia’s Soft Power In Asia
William Logan (Deakin University, Australia)
Part III: Donors funded Cultural Projects and Global Challenges
11. Reconciliation through cultural heritage in the post-Yugoslav space: an apolitical endeavour
12. Reducing Disaster Vulnerability through Local Knowledge and Capacity
Rohit Jigyasu13. Heritage, human rights and Norwegian development collaboration: The Our Common Dignity Initiative and World Heritage
Peter Bille Larsen and Amund Sinding-Larsen
14. Clowns in Crisis Zones: the Evolution of Clowns without Borders International
Tim CunninghamPart IV: Conclusions
15. The Future of International Aid for Cultural Projects.
Sophia Labadi is Senior Lecturer and co-Director of the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent in the UK.