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Dilemmas of the institutionalisation process

Abstract : Local cultural policies in France have been institutionalised essentially during two decades: the 1970's and the 1980's. This institutionalisation process consisted in the cultural specialisation of local administrative services, in the professionalisation of local cultural actors, and in the promotion of culture as one of the mains sectors for local public policies, from the political as well as from the financial point of view. Based upon the case study of a middle town, this article shows that this process has not been peaceful. In the late 60's and in the beginning of the 1970's, associative militants from “the new middle classes” politically and culturally close to the post-1968 mobilisations launch “cultural action”. At first, the “municipalisation” of their policy is a success for them. But progressively, this local cultural policy is less and less conducted by the former militants, replaced by new “professionals”, and the socio-cultural and political ambitions (e.g.: an “everyday life culture” for more local democracy) are replaced by a more technical organisation and orientation. At last, this institutionalisation process also consists in the dispossession and the disillusion of those who believed they could change social and political relations thanks to their cultural involvement.
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Vincent Dubois. Dilemmas of the institutionalisation process. International Journal of Cultural Policy, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2004, 10 (3), pp.331-349. ⟨halshs-00130978⟩



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