Intellectuals, culture and public policy in France : approaches from the left
Ahearne, Jeremy (2010) Intellectuals, culture and public policy in France : approaches from the left. Studies in social and political thought (No.19). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9781846312458Full text not available from this repository.
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French intellectuals have always defined themselves in political terms. They figure in common representation as oppositional figures set against State and government. But speaking truth to power is not the only way that intellectuals in France have brought their influence to bear upon political fields. Ahearne's book explores a neglected dimension of French intellectuals' practice. What happens when, instead of denouncing from without the worlds of government and public policy, French intellectuals become voluntarily, at least for a while, entangled within those worlds? After a historical and theoretical overview, the heart of the book is constituted by a series of case studies exploring policy domains in which strategies for shaping the broad culture' of France have been debated and developed. These comprise issues of laicity and secularization, reform of the educational curriculum, programmes of cultural democratization' and democracy', and public television programming. It explores the policy engagement of intellectuals such as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel de Certeau, Andre Malraux, Catherine Clement, Regis Debray, Francis Jeanson, Henri Wallon, Blandine Kriegel, and Edgar Morin. 'An interesting and stimulating read. I shall be recommending elements of this book as higher-level reading for students taking undergraduate modules on 'Republican values' and the French education system and 'French Popular culture'. I am sure that many other colleagues elsewhere in British and US universities will want to do likewise' - Hugh Dauncey, Newcastle University.
|Subjects:||J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies > Centre for Cultural Policy Studies
Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French Studies
|Series Name:||Studies in social and political thought|
|Publisher:||Liverpool University Press|
|Place of Publication:||Liverpool|
|Number of Pages:||244|
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