The dynamics of culture -towards governance of cultural space1

Geert Drion*

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This chapter explores the interrelated dynamics of culture and cultural (policy) discourse. It finds that these dynamics have obscured the focus of cultural policy and cluttered its core concepts. Peeling back the dynamics of culture as interactional process, this chapter proposes to differentiate “rhetorical space” (as the locus of discourse about culture) from “cultural space”-as the locus of cultural communication. Subsequently, this chapter explores how “governance of cultural space” may offer a new perspective for cultural policy, avoiding the wicked problems ingrained in current policies and legitimising strategies. Finally, it offers new deliberations for EU cultural policy agendas, advocating a new, unifying vocabulary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Governance
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent and Future European Perspectives
EditorsChris Bailey, Elena Theodoulou Charalambous, Geert Drion
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781003829645
ISBN (Print)9781032462004
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jan-2023

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