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The State and the Arts

Articulating Power and Subversion

Edited by Judith Kapferer

182 pages, index

ISBN  978-1-84545-578-1 $27.95/£19.00 Pb Published (August 2008)

eISBN 978-0-85745-072-2 eBook


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Judith Kapferer and her collaborators present an insightful volume that interrogates relations between the state and the arts in diverse national and cultural settings. The authors critique the taken-for-granted assumption about the place of the arts in liberal or social democratic states and the role of the arts in supporting or opposing the ideological work of government and non-government institutions. This innovative volume explores the challenges posed by the state to the arts and by the arts to the state, focusing on several transformations of the interrelations between state and commercial arts policies in the current era. These ongoing challenges include the control of repressive tolerance, complicity with and resistance to state power, and the commoditization of the arts, including their accommodation to market and state apparatuses. While endeavouring to avoid the currently dominant pragmatic and didactic priorities of officialdom, the contributors tackle social and cultural policy and practice in the arts as well as connections between national states and dissenting art from a range of genres.

Judith Kapferer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen. She has taught in Australia, Zambia, the United Kingdom and Norway and is the author of Being All Equal (1996) as well as numerous articles on education, urban sociology and the sociology of the arts.

Subject: Urban Studies Sociology General Cultural Studies
Area:

LC: N8725 .S77 2008

BL: YK.2009.a.4757

BISAC: SOC026030 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Urban; SOC000000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/General

BIC: JHB Sociology; JFC Cultural studies




Contents

Introduction: Art, Artists and the Arts: Political Aesthetics and State Power
Judith Kapferer

Chapter 1. Public Art in a Multicultural Society
Henri Beunders

Chapter 2. Contesting Authenticity: Cultural Politics and Singapore Theatre
Terence Chong

Chapter 3. Hijacking Cultural Policies
Marina Fokidis

Chapter 4. Performing Tradition: The Poetic Politics of Indigenous Australian Festivals
Rosita Henry

Chapter 5. Urban Design and State Power: City Spaces and the Public Sphere
Judith Kapferer

Chapter 6. Self and the City – the Politics of Monuments
Karen Kipphoff

Chapter 7. The Culture Industries: Symbolic Economy and Critical Practice
Malcolm Miles

Chapter 8. The Arts, the State and the EU
Monica Sassatelli

Chapter 9. Political Art, Cultural Policy and Artistic Agency
Jeremy Valentine

Chapter 10. Aesthetics, Personhood and Shifting German Regimes
Inge-Elin Øye

Notes on Contributors
Bibliography
Index

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