Policy and the Popular (Hardback)David Looseley (editor)
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The book is an interdisciplinary exploration of the complexities of `popular' culture as a category of public policy. It approaches the notions of `cultural policy' and `popular culture' flexibly, examining what each comes to mean, explicitly or implicitly, in relation to the other. This generates a rich variety of approaches, but also a number of identifiable commonalities.
We start from the proposition that 'popular culture' is largely absent as an explicit category ofÃ£ artsÃ£ policy and debate today. The `arts' are still, in practice, construedÃ£ in terms of eliteÃ£ culture (despite claims to the contrary), while artefacts such as popular music, television, fashion, and so on are assumed to figure among the cultural or creative `industries', giving the popular a set of narrowly economic, professional and commodity connotations. And yet, the popular is, in a range of ways, powerfully present as an implicit dimension of public policy and as a catalyst of cultural practices and attitudes. This apparent paradox underpins the proposal.
The book is a collaboration between two UK-based institutions: the University of Leeds's Popular Cultures Research Network and the well established Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick.
This book was originally published as a special issue of International Journal of Cultural Policy.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 10 mm
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