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A Critical Dictionary of Cultural Policy: Culture and Imaginings

Diccionario crítico de política cultural: cultura e imaginario was published in Spain in fall 2009 as part of theGedisa Culture Series. The International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) describes the dictionary as follows:

“The realm of cultural policy is one where many discourses meet, ranging from the academic to the direct exercise of public and entrepreneurial responsibilities. This concurrence makes this book especially valuable. It offers an organic comprehension of contemporary cultural policy in dictionary form.

“Entries refer the reader to various aspects of this important field with the help of a generous bibliography. They not only define words and expressions, but also include critical comments on their use.

“The dictionary also provides key elements in the debate on what constitutes culture and shows that cultural policy is required to order concepts and practices. This book played a major role in introducing systematic cultural policy studies at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and became a global reference in its field before being painstakingly revised by its author for the Spanish-language edition published by Gedisa.

“Despite the dictionary’s in-depth concepts and the author’s extensive research of key references in the field, the book will still be a useful, practical tool to more general readers from areas as diverse as public heritage management, political strategy development, and cultural industries.”