The Politics of Culture: The Case for Universalism

Hardcover | January 17, 2012

byMunira Mirza

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The idea of diversity dominates cultural policy in the twenty-first century. Against the perceived elitism of the past, policy-makers seek to use culture to address social exclusion. Drawing on original research, this book exposes problems with this approach, making the case for universalism in cultural and political life.

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The idea of diversity dominates cultural policy in the twenty-first century. Against the perceived elitism of the past, policy-makers seek to use culture to address social exclusion. Drawing on original research, this book exposes problems with this approach, making the case for universalism in cultural and political life.

MUNIRA MIRZA is Cultural Adviser to the Mayor of London. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Kent, UK,and between 2007 and 2008 she was a Research Fellow with the think-tank Policy Exchange. She has published in the International Journal of Cultural Policy and contributed to the edited collection Pakistani Diasporas: Cul...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.67 × 5.69 × 0.85 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230284531

ISBN - 13:9780230284531

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
From Confidence to Uncertainty - Cultural Value and What it Means to be Human
The Development of Cultural Policy in the UK
Rich Mix Centre -a Case Study of a New Arts Centre in East London
Oldham - a Case Study of Cultural Policy in an Industrial Town in North England
Analysis: the Case for Universalism
Epilogue
Index

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"Munira Mirza has produced a challenging and indeed urgent thesis concerning the politics of culture and cultural policy today." - Jim McGuigan, Loughborough University, UK "Munira Mirza helps us to think again about the complex relations between the universal value of supporting culture and the challenges of responding to local and minority communities. Her trenchant and insightful analysis will point cultural producers and policy makers alike in new and fruitful directions." - Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director ofWhitechapel Gallery, UK "In this invigorating analysis, Munira Mirza tackles head-on the problematic issues of 'cultural diversity' and calls for a new, critical universalism in contemporary cultural policy. Informed by both scholarly enquiry and a deep engagement with organisational practice, Mirza's book exposes the contradictions that arise when identity politics drive the arts. With insights grounded in revealing case-studies, Mirza navigates these difficult waters with considerable skill. Theoretically well-informed, but free from academic jargon, the book will be of interest to students, academics and arts professionals alike. Provocative, challenging, sometimes contrarian, it is a welcome addition to the growing literature on 'cultural value.'" - Oliver Bennett, University of Warwick, UK