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Culture and Contestation in the New Century

A series of essays by internationally known artists, scholars, and critics in the growing field of cultural theory, Culture and Contestation in the New Century examines the conditions of cultural production in the first decade of the twenty-first century. With an emphasis on how current neoliberal policies have affected institutions of cultural production and dissemination, it emphasizes the ensuing changes to critical theory. The contributors here are among the most respected scholars in art, art criticism, and cultural studies, and this powerful analysis poses important questions about cultural democracy and social change.

220 pages | 40 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2011

Art: Art--General Studies

Culture Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Doing the Unexpected, Creating the Present

      Marc James Léger

Part I: Critical Cultural Practice

Chapter 1: Hans Haacke and the Art of Not Being Governed Quite So Much

      Rosalyn Deutsche

Chapter 2: Counting on Your Collective Silence: Notes on Activist Art as Collaborative Practice

      Gregory Sholette

Chapter 3: Neo-Liberalism with Dutch Characteristics: The Big Fix-Up of the Netherlands and the Practice of Embedded Cultural Activism


Part II: Creative Labour and Creative Industries

Chapter 4: ‘Everyone is Creative’: Artists as Pioneers of the New Economy?

      Angela McRobbie

Chapter 5: Creative Industries as Mass Deception

      Gerald Raunig

Chapter 6: Creative Industries: Neo-Liberalism as Mass Deception

      Aras Ozgun

Part III: Neoliberal Governmentality and Cultural Resistance

Chapter 7: Not So Quiet on the Western Front: A Report on Risk and Cultural Resistance within the Neo-Liberal Society of Fear

      Critical Art Ensemble

Chapter 8: From Reaching Heiligendamm: An Interview with Oliver Ressler

      Marc James Léger

Chapter 9: 1 ½ Métro Côte-des-Neiges: Do They Owe Us a Living?

      Mathieu Beauséjour
Part IV: Subjectivity in the Age of Post-Politics
Chapter 10: Anonymous Monuments to Ordinary Man and Woman: The Strange Case of Berlin’s Ampelmännchen

      David Tomas

Chapter 11: Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer III and the Status of the Other

      Bruce Barber

Chapter 12: On the Permanent Actuality for Revolutionary Cultural Politics of President Mao Ze Dong’s Slogan ‘Long Live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution’

      Slavoj Žižek


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