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Culture is Not an Industry : Reclaiming Art and Culture for the Common Good, Paperback / softback Book

Culture is Not an Industry : Reclaiming Art and Culture for the Common Good Paperback / softback

Part of the Manchester Capitalism series

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Culture is at the heart of what it means to be human.

But twenty-five years ago, the British government rebranded art and culture as ‘creative industries’, valued for their economic contribution, and set out to launch the UK as the creative workshop of a globalised world. Where does that leave art and culture now? Facing exhausted workers and a lack of funding and vision, culture finds itself in the grip of accountancy firms, creativity gurus and Ted Talkers.

At a time of sweeping geo-political turmoil, culture has been de-politicised, its radical energies reduced to factors of industrial production.

This book is about what happens when an essential part of our democratic citizenship, fundamental to our human rights, is reduced to an industry. Culture is not an industry argues that art and culture need to renew their social contract and re-align with the radical agenda for a more equitable future.

Bold and uncompromising, the book offers a powerful vision for change. -- .

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