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Cultural policy in France - Genesis of a public policy category. GSPE Working Paper 10/28/2008

Dubois, Vincent. (2008) Cultural policy in France - Genesis of a public policy category. GSPE Working Paper 10/28/2008. [Working Paper]

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    This paper is a partial translation of a book published in French, which puts forward a socio-historical analysis of the relationships between cultural and political/bureaucratic field. This analysis sheds light on the conditions of the emergence, shaping and institutionalisation of a State policy regarding culture in France, from the late 19th to the 20th century. In this perspective, what is now called "cultural policy" is considered as the product of the history of power struggles, wherein the main stakes are the legitimate definition of culture and the definition of the legitimate functions of the State. The historical comparison reveals that these power struggles have long hindered the shaping of a "cultural policy", which only took place starting in the early 1960s. It also shows that the persistence of these issues led to an "institutionalisation of vagueness" of a policy whose object could still not be precisely defined by the late 20th century. This research thus contributes to the history and sociology of the cultural field, as well as of the State and State intervention. By analysing the conditions and limits of a State definition of culture, it also sheds light on the modes of expression of the State’s symbolic violence. The notion of category of public intervention developed used in the context of this research is embedded in the elaboration of a broader framework of analysis, aiming to account for socio-historical processes of institutionalisation of groups, relational structures, representations and constitutive normative frameworks of what is called a policy.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural policy, policy category, state, symbolic power, socio-history.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > public policy/public administration
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > culture policy
    Countries > France
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Political Sociology (University of Strasbourg) > Working Papers
    Depositing User: Mr Jean-Yves Bart
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010
    Page Range: p. 33
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:20

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