Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Global Cultural Politics
Patrick M. Jenlink
Global cultural politics is the tensions created within and across cultures of nation-states, created primarily by the effect of a politics of difference. Relatedly, a politics of recognition surfaces as a defining element of global cultural politics, that is, as nation-states struggle for national and/or cultural identity as a nation-state, amidst the shifting of global boundaries and political alliances, political tensions emerge in response. Global cultural politics is characterized by the struggle implied in the concept of the governing of culture. By this term is meant the struggle over the control, regulation, and distribution of resources that mediate the range of capacities and possibilities that enable individuals and social groups to choose, inhabit, and transform particular notions of identity, desire, and agency. Cultural politics is in part about the regulation and distribution of resources. But our capacity to think about politics is also mediated by the ways in which culture ...