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Title: Cultural policy in Cuba: present images, future metaphors
Author: Toirac-Garcia, Yanet
Awarding Body: City University London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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Applied research in the field of cultural policy has shown gradual development over the last forty years, thus demonstrating the importance conferred to the study of cultural practices by academia, institutions, states and international organizations. However, in the opinion of the author, there is a lack of holistic perspective in the analysis of cultural policy within social sciences. This thesis aims to formulate a theoretical proposal for the study of cultural policy within the framework of the present Cuban context. The multiple triangulation of the theoretical sources and the results of the case study, together with a critical analysis of testimonials given by the Cuban experts interviewed, enabled me to meet this objective. In so doing, the hermeneutical paradigm, the use of a qtialitative perspective, and Grounded Theory became pi1hlrs of the methodological design that guided this study. Regarding research findings, the theoretical foundations of the proposal are systematized and, as part of this, cultural policy is defined as a social entity involved in the mobilization and confrontation of values and meanings through the action of different agents and institutions operating in a structured social context. In addition, my approach not only singles out the axiological, institutional and historical-contextual dimensions for the analysis of cultural policy, but, more fundamentally, it upholds the legitimacy of including the hermeneutical-discursive dimension for this purpose. This finding, which is the thesis' chief contribution to knowledge, is fundamentally based on perceiving the centrality achieved by the symbolic-discursive component as one of the foundations of the processes of ideological reproduction in contemporary societies; assessing the pertinence of a dialogic democracy through which the construction and permanent renovation of consensus can become viable; and corroborating the existence of different meanings in relation to certain constitutive aspects of the cultural policy of Cuba according to the case study here analyzed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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