Context

The first section of this e-resource seeks to offer brief historical context and basic theoretical framing to facilitate thinking about the growing influence of corporations on the many social, cultural, and political decisions that affect our everyday being. It also hopes to address the ways in which arts and culture—despite being widely instrumentalised and marginalized by neoliberal forces—can still offer critical forms of resistance.

The topics addressed in this review of literature include:

  • a brief history of capitalism, neoliberalism, and capitalist globalization
  • neoliberal interest in culture
  • the power of art
  • the radical potential of collectivity
  • self-organization versus “Big Society” and other individualist rhetoric
  • the complexities of public cultural funding
  • the professionalization of culture
  • self-censorship as self-oppression

Please select from the drop-down menu above to access each of these short chapters.

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