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From Authoritarian to Democratic Cultural Policy: Making Sense of De-Sovietisation in Lithuania after 1990
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Tema Q)
2009 (English)In: Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift, ISSN 1403-3216, Vol. 12, no 1, 191-221 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article deals with discourses on governance in cultural policy in a context of radical political change. Drawing on an in-depth analysis of qualitative interviews, it explores how the meaning of “Soviet” cultural policy was retrospectively constructed by Lithuanian cultural operators as they talked about the post-1990 democratisation. The informants mobilised a complex discursive strategy of alienation and defamiliarisation which made sense of Soviet cultural policy and reconciled change with preservation of its elements. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which the informants perceived the changes in the distribution of power in which was associated with decentralisation reforms. The findings suggest that the distinction between authoritarian and democratic cultural policy models to a large extent came to be constructed in rather utilitarian terms and was strongly dependent on the contemporary practical issues. The conclusion therefore suggests we avoid essentialising the categories “authoritarian” and “democratic” in the theoretical construction of state cultural policy models. Instead, it points out that it is vital to examine the components of these categories as a subject of historically situated discursive negotiations.

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2009. Vol. 12, no 1, 191-221 p.
Keyword [en]
the Soviet Union, Lithuania, Socio-political change, Cultural policy, Neoliberalism, Defamiliarisation, Alienation
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61025OAI: diva2:360332
Available from: 2010-12-06 Created: 2010-11-02 Last updated: 2010-12-10Bibliographically approved

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