- Constance DeVereaux, Colorado State University, USA and Martin Griffin, University of Tennessee, USA
The story of arts and cultural policy in the twenty-first century is inherently of global concern no matter how local it seems. At the same time, questions of identity have in many ways become more challenging than before. Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy: Once Upon a Time in a Globalized World explores how and why stories and identities sometimes merge and often clash in an arena in which culture and policy may not be able to resolve every difficulty. DeVereaux and Griffin argue that the role of narrative is key to understanding these issues. They offer a wide-ranging history and justification for narrative frameworks as an approach to cultural policy and open up a wider field of discussion about the ways in which cultural politics and cultural identity are being deployed and interpreted in the present, with deep roots in the past. This timely book will be of great interest not just to students of narrative and students of arts and cultural policy, but also to administrators, policy theorists, and cultural management practitioners.
Contents: Preface; Introduction: storytelling, narrative and the map of cultural policy; Tales of transnationalism and globalization; History, transitions, and frameworks for analysis; Case studies: stories in conflict; Narratives, nonsense, and the roots of understanding; Identity, borders, and narrative ironies; Cultural citizenship, narrative, and transnationalism; Works cited; Index.
About the Author: Constance DeVereaux is Associate Professor in the LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Arts/Cultural Policy and Arts/Cultural Management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania and has worked with municipalities in developing policies for cultural development. She has published internationally on topics relating to cultural policy and the discourse of practice. She co-organized the international symposium series Cultural Management and the State of the Field and is editor of the publication series of the same title.
Martin Griffin is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Among the topics that interest him are the role played by narrative in cross-cultural exchange, and the relationship between literary culture and diplomacy in American history. He is the author of Ashes of the Mind: War and Memory in Northern Literature, 1865-1900 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009) and is currently working on an edited collection of essays entitled American Political Fictions.
Reviews: 'a rich, well-informed text that offers memorable comments about a number of phenomena--e.g., the ethics of networked globalization; living with irreconcilable plurality; how concepts of cultural citizenship must change and are changing. … The range of information provided here is impressive … Highly recommended.'
‘DeVereaux and Griffin present a persuasive argument that cultural policy is located within a framework of different narratives that may be neither recognized nor understood. The book is a good “read;” full of fascinating stories and makes an important contribution to cultural policy studies particularly with the combining and interplay of the writers’ two disciplines.’
Jo Caust, University of Melbourne, Australia
‘Inspired by the pleasures of storytelling, the authors bring a fresh new approach to cultural policy inquiry, identifying narrative as an essential component of human thought and interaction. In an exciting manner they show the connections between narrative and identity, discovering new stories which reveal the impact of globalization and transnationalism within cultural policy discourse and practices. Advocating interpretive method in cultural policy analysis, the authors reveal the value of narrative in investigating and understanding contemporary cultural policy systems.’
Milena Dragicevic Šešic, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
'Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy is a major contribution to narrative studies. DeVereaux and Griffin adeptly deploy narrative theory to address an impressive array of issues in cultural policy and, in so doing, they provide a model for how to do interdisciplinary research in this age of the Narrative Turn.’
James Phelan, The Ohio State University, USA
‘This book definitely adds to scholarship on narrative, narrative theory, globalisation and transnationalism.… Working to lay out parameters and frameworks to explore narratives, the book, itself a narrative, as the authors describe it, seeks to develop the area of cultural policy with its set tools.’
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