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The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy

ISBN 9780367244163
Published February 14, 2019 by Routledge
668 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Cultural policy intersects with political, economic, and socio-cultural dynamics at all levels of society, placing high and often contradictory expectations on the capabilities and capacities of the media, the fine, performing, and folk arts, and cultural heritage. These expectations are articulated, mobilised and contested at – and across – a global scale. As a result, the study of cultural policy has firmly established itself as a field that cuts across a range of academic disciplines, including sociology, cultural and media studies, economics, anthropology, area studies, languages, geography, and law. This Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy sets out to broaden the field’s consideration to recognise the necessity for international and global perspectives.

The book explores how cultural policy has become a global phenomenon. It brings together a diverse range of researchers whose work reveals how cultural policy expresses and realises common global concerns, dominant narratives, and geopolitical economic and social inequalities. The sections of the book address cultural policy’s relation to core academic disciplines and core questions, of regulations, rights, development, practice, and global issues.

With a cross-section of country-by-country case studies, this comprehensive volume is a map for academics and students seeking to become more globally orientated cultural policy scholars.

Table of Contents

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1 Towards global cultural policy studies

Victoria Durrer, Toby Miller and Dave O’Brien

PART I Situating cultural policy

2 Cultural policy in political science research

Jonathan Paquette and Devin Beauregard

3 Cultural economics, innovation and intellectual property

Nicola C. Searle

4 Sociology and cultural policy

David Wright

5 The relationship between cultural policy and arts management

Victoria Durrer

PART II Regulating cultural policy

6 Regulating cultural goods and identities across borders

J.P. Singh

7 No exceptions: cultural policy in the era of free trade agreements

Graham Murdock and Eun-Kyoung Choi

8 Intellectual property as cultural policy

Siva Vaidhyanathan

9 Cultural policy between and beyond nation-states: the case of lusofonia and the Comunidade dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa

Carla Figueira

10 Cultural governance and cultural policy: hegemonic myth and political logics

Jeremy Valentine

PART III Rights and cultural policy

11 Disabled people and culture: creating inclusive global cultural policies

Anne-Marie Callus and Amy Camilleri-Zahra

12 Minority languages, cultural policy and minority language media: the conflicting value of the 'one language-one nation' idea

Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed and Abiodun Salawu

13 Cultural policy in Northern Ireland: making cultural policy for a divided society

Phil Ramsey and Bethany Waterhouse-Bradley

PART IV Practice and cultural policy

14 The art collection of the United Nations: origins, institutional framework and ongoing tensions

Mafalda Dâmaso

15 Exporting culture: the Confucius Institute and China’s smart power strategy

Tony Tai-Ting Liu

16 From arts desert to global cultural metropolis: the (re)branding of Shanghai and Hong Kong

Kristina Karvelyte

17 Making cultural work visible in cultural policy

Roberta Comunian and Bridget Conor

18 Fringe to famous: enabling and popularising cultural innovation in Australia

Mark Gibson, Tony Moore and Maura Edmond

19 Inside out: the role of 'audience research' in cultural policies in the United States

Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard

20 Considering the second-order health effects of arts engagement in relation to cultural policy

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

PART V Global issues, regional cultural policy

21 Inequalities: when culture becomes a capital

Laurie Hanquinet

22 Cultural policy and creative industries

Susan Luckman

23 Too-explicit cultural policy: rethinking cultural and creative industry policy in Hong Kong

Louis Ho

24 Cultural policy and mega-events

Beatriz García

25 The challenges of the new media scene for public policies

George Yúdice

26 Uniting the nations of Europe? Exploring the European Union's cultural policy agenda

Kate Mattocks

PART VI Development and cultural policy

27 The international politics of the nexus ‘culture and development’: four policy agendas for whom and for what?

Antonios Vlassis

28 Reimagining development in times of crises: cultural policies, social imagination, and the creative economy in Puerto Rico

Mareia Quintero Rivera and Javier J. Hernández Acosta

29 Neoliberalised development of cultural policies in Taiwan and a case of the Taiwanese film industry in a creative industries model

Hui-Ju Tsai and Yu-Peng Lin

30 Uneasy alliances: popular music and cultural policy in the ‘music city’

Catherine Strong, Shane Homan, Seamus O'Hanlon and John Tebbutt

PART VII The nation state and cultural policy

31 Cultural policy in India: an oxymoron?

Yudhishthir Raj Isar

32 From Cultural Revolution to cultural engineering: cultural policy in post-Revolutionary Iran

Ali Akbar Tajmazinani

33 K-pop female idols: culture industry, neoliberal social policy, and governmentality in Korea

Gooyong Kim

34 ‘Regeneration’ in Britain: measuring the outcomes of cultural activity in the 21st century

Peter Campbell and Tamsin Cox

35 Japanese cultural policy, nation branding and the creative city

Tomoko Tamari

36 Cultural policy and the power of place, South Africa

Rike Sitas

PART VIII Conclusions

37 The light touch: the Nigerian movie industry in a low policy environment

Jade L. Miller

38 The political career of the culture concept

Tony Bennett


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Victoria Durrer is Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

Toby Miller is Director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London, UK.

Dave O’Brien is the Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Edinburgh, UK.


‘This Handbook not only re-thinks and re-conceptualizes the dimensions of global cultural policy studies, but also documents up-to-dated policy cases from global north to global south.’ — Anthony Fung, Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Beijing Normal University

'Research and scholarship in cultural policy has grown in recent years alongside a continuing expansion in the interpretation of the concept at a practical policy-making level. How do these developments play out in an increasingly globalised world? This volume brings together a wide range of original essays that consider the political, economic, sociological and cultural dimensions of cultural policy in a context of globalisation and international cultural relations. The contributors are drawn from a variety of disciplines, intellectual traditions and geographical origins. Based on a thoughtful division of the subject matter into coherent sections, and edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, the book will appeal to scholars, researchers and policy-makers concerned about culture and policy in international affairs today.' — David Throsby, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Macquarie University, Australia

'A must-have for any arts and culture scholar, this book provides a walkthrough of the "weird, wired world" of cultural policies around the globe, plus a foundational survey of their roots, theories and practices, from the field’s chief protagonists' — Dr. Abigail Gilmore, Senior Lecturer, Arts Management and Cultural Policy, University of Manchester