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The politics of fun : cultural policy and debate in contemporary France

Author: David Looseley
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; Washington, D.C. : Berg Publishers, 1995.
Series: Berg French studies.
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This authoritative study considers contemporary policies for the arts in France and the cultural and political issues they have raised. The author concentrates particularly on the seminal Mitterrand years but also disentangles the various influences which marked them. Analysing the role of the curious, often notorious, and ever more powerful 'Ministry of Culture', he traces the gradual shift from the democratization  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Looseley, David.
Politics of fun.
Oxford [England] ; Washington, D.C. : Berg Publishers, 1995
(OCoLC)607826269
Online version:
Looseley, David.
Politics of fun.
Oxford [England] ; Washington, D.C. : Berg Publishers, 1995
(OCoLC)624464474
Named Person: François Mitterrand; Jack Lang; François Mitterrand; Jack Lang; Jack Lang; François Mitterrand
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Looseley
ISBN: 1859730132 9781859730133
OCLC Number: 32856332
Description: xv, 279 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. Culture and the State: The History of the Ministry. 1. The Precursors: The Popular Front, Vichy and the Liberation. 2. Heritage, Creation, Democratisation: The Malraux Years. 3. From Malraux to Mitterrand: Creation and Creativity --
Pt. II. A Socialist Ministry: Theory and Practice, 1981-86. 4. Culture and the Economy: les intellos au boulot. 5. Policies for High Culture: la creation dans la cite. 6. Beyond High Culture: Pluralism and le tout-culturel. 7. A Certain Idea of the City: The Presidential grands projets --
Pt. III. Policies and Debates, 1986-93. 8. Lang and the Politics of Fun: Politicising the Cultural Debate, 1985-88. 9. Popularising the Past: Lang et Leotard, meme combat? 10. Culture and the Audiovisual. 11. A l'heure des bilans: The Ministry in Question --
Brief Chronology Since 1959.
Series Title: Berg French studies.
Responsibility: David L. Looseley.
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This authoritative study considers contemporary policies for the arts in France and the cultural and political issues they have raised. The author concentrates particularly on the seminal Mitterrand years but also disentangles the various influences which marked them. Analysing the role of the curious, often notorious, and ever more powerful 'Ministry of Culture', he traces the gradual shift from the democratization of high culture, adopted as a quasi-religious crusade by the first Minister for Cultural Affairs, Andre Malraux, during the De Gaulle era, to the aesthetic relativism and 'fun' culture which became the trademark of the department during the 1980s and 1990s under the controversial Jack Lang. He also examines wider debates about the relationship between culture, society and the state.

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