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Cultural policies against social inequalities in "disadvantaged" neighbourhoods : the French politique de la ville in Strasbourg

Kulturpolitik gegen soziale Ungleichheiten in benachteiligten Nachbarschaften: die französische Stadtpolitik in Straßburg
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Blanc, Maurice

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Corporate Editor Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
Abstract "Politique de la ville is the French equivalent of the German programme: Soziale Stadt (Walther 2002). Recently, emphasis is put on the role of 'culture' in the empowerment process of social housing tenants in 'disadvantaged' suburban estates. Empirical evidence from case studies shows serious conflicts between two definitions of culture: 1. Central government officers from the Ministry of Culture tend to fund cultural projects coherent with their normative and elitist vision of 'la Culture', illustrating Bourdieu's concept of cultural domination. 2. Adversely, cultural activists from communities and neighbourhoods tend to have an anthropological vision of the diversity of cultures (les cultures). They want to implement cultural projects with a bottom up approach, but they find extremely difficult to raise funds as popular cultures have a weak legitimacy. The paper will focus on the transactional process allowing compromises between cultural universalism and cultural specificities." (author's abstract)
Keywords cultural policy; town; France; social housing; renter; culture; Bourdieu, P.; conception; municipality; neighborhood
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Special areas of Departmental Policy
Method empirical; qualitative empirical
Collection Title Soziale Ungleichheit, kulturelle Unterschiede: Verhandlungen des 32. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in München. Teilbd. 1 und 2
Editor Rehberg, Karl-Siegbert
Conference 32. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie "Soziale Ungleichheit - kulturelle Unterschiede". München, 2004
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Publisher Campus Verl.
City Frankfurt am Main
Page/Pages p. 2907-2914
ISBN 3-593-37887-6
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications