Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain

Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain
Library Shelf Location 15a.GBHE
Publication Date 2014
How money, politics and managerialism turned a golden age for culture into lead.

Britain began the twenty-first century convinced of its creativity. Throughout the New Labour era, the visual and performing arts, museums and galleries, were ceaselessly promoted as a stimulus to national economic revival, a post-industrial revolution where spending on culture would solve everything, from national decline to crime. Tony Blair heralded it a “golden age.” Yet despite huge investment, the audience for the arts remained a privileged minority. So what went wrong?

In Cultural Capital, leading historian Robert Hewison gives an in-depth account of how creative Britain lost its way. From Cool Britannia and the Millennium Dome to the Olympics and beyond, he shows how culture became a commodity, and how target-obsessed managerialism stifled creativity. In response to the failures of New Labour and the austerity measures of the Coalition government, Hewison argues for a new relationship between politics and the arts.

ISBN 9781781685914
Quantity 1
Pages 288
Author Robert Hewison
Format Paperback
Publisher Verso Books, London and New York
Category Contemporary Cultural Studies
Keywords Politics, Culture-led regeneration, Economy, Funding
Related Country/Global Region Britain/UK
Language English

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