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Policy For Culture’S Sake? Cultural Theory, Popular Music, And The Canadian State, Joseph Leigh Terry Jan 2013

Policy For Culture’S Sake? Cultural Theory, Popular Music, And The Canadian State, Joseph Leigh Terry

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At the conclusion of his seminal essay, “Culture is Ordinary,” cultural theorist Raymond Williams intones that “the ordinary people should govern; that culture and education are ordinary; that there are no masses to save, to capture, or to direct.”

Williams’s passage captures the heart of his intellectual project and the central conflict in the development of cultural policy: the hierarchical separation of culture seen as a “whole way of life” and as “arts and learning.” Within cultural policy, this split is constructed at times as the democratization of culture (culture as civilizing) or cultural democracy (better access to the ...