The Expediency of Culture
Uses of Culture in the Global Era
AUTHOR: YÃƒÂºdice, George
PUBLISHER: Duke University Press
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Y#65533;dice contends that a new international division of cultural labor has emerged, combining local difference with transnational administration and investment. This does not mean that today's increasingly transnational culture--exemplified by the entertainment industries and the so-called global civil society of nongovernmental organizations--is necessarily homogenized. He demonstrates that national and regional differences are still functional, shaping the meaning of phenomena from pop songs to antiracist activism. Y#65533;dice considers a range of sites where identity politics and cultural agency are negotiated in the face of powerful transnational forces. He analyzes appropriations of American funk music as well as a citizen action initiative in Rio de Janeiro to show how global notions such as cultural difference are deployed within specific social fields. He provides a political and cultural economy of a vast and increasingly influential art event-- insite a triennial festival extending from San Diego to Tijuana. He also reflects on the city of Miami as one of a number of transnational "cultural corridors" and on the uses of culture in an unstable world where censorship and terrorist acts interrupt the usual channels of capitalist and artistic flows.
PUBLICATION DATE: 1/23/2004
CATEGORY: Business & Economics, Political Science, Social Science