When Cultural Policies Change: Comparing Mexico and Argentina
By Elodie Bordat-Chauvin, Peter Lang - International Academic Publishers, Brussels, 2015, 268 pages, ISBN: 978-2-87574-309-1
Elodie Bordat-Chauvin's research on cultural policies of two major Latin American countries: Mexico and Argentina, is based on the material gathered in ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2008 and 2010. It gathers observations, unique archive material and more than ninety semi-directive interviews with the majority of Secretaries of Culture in office between 1983 and 2010, several intellectuals, interest group leaders, cultural managers and members of unions who all played a role in these countries' cultural policies in the last thirty years. This work challenges the common assertions that Mexican cultural policy is characterized by inertia and Argentinean cultural policy by instability. It analyses factors of changes - such as the neo-liberal turn, transnationalization, decentralization and politico-institutional changes - and their consequences, including reductions in cultural budgets, transformations in cultural industries and modifications in the balance of power between national, subnational, public and private actors.
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