The Importance Of Cultural Politics

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Cultural politics are conflicts that ensue from meaning, morals and values instead of actual public policies (Back et al. 2012). It has the ability to give authority, strength, and influence to political figures and those in power, over cultural matters such as funding programs that impact both individuals and communities as well as having the power to force rituals and ideals onto others. An example of how cultural politics, power and influence impacts the public sphere, as we discussed in our lecture, is implemented beliefs within education that politicians or people in power think are necessary. As we discussed in class, the government has cut a percentage, removed, or denied funding for artistic educational programs if the program was not …show more content…
To understand its many complexities, a couple main points must be addressed. Cvetkovich and Kellner (1997), referenced in our textbook, emphasize that you have to look at the various, and often intermittent, cultural experiences people have, encountering that there are times when they are experiencing a more ‘local’ culture or times they experience more ‘global’ culture, one always feeling more prominent than the other. The constant alterations and changes of what is ‘global’ and what is ‘local’ will create new and unfamiliar forms of culture (Back et al. 2012). When these new forms of culture are created through a process of hybridization and creolization you are combining various parts of culture to create cultural complexity rather, as Back et al. (2012) put it, “similarity.” Since the issues and meanings of Globalization are vast and numerous - meaning different things for nations, smaller communities, and individuals - its complexities are as …show more content…
(2012) points out, extreme views of cultural imperialism where one culture, usually the West, wants to control the cultural life of other countries and cultures. As the textbook and our class discussed, local business are able to transform the globalized cultural product they are exposed to, to an extent. The video KFC Christmas Japan: A delicious alternate reality, created by Abroadin Japan (2013), documenting the recently created and now very popular, tradition of Christmas Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), gives an example of how these issues are complicated. Japan’s culture did create the tradition of Christmas KFC, Caldwell (2004), referenced from our textbook, arguing that this does not mean that someone participating in the tradition has picked up an ‘American’ Habit even though it is a American globalized product. Local cultures being destroyed suggests an extreme view of annihilating cultures when people are more likely to ‘receive and appropriate’ what cultural product they consume, even globalized, interpreting the products through a lens within their own cultural frame of find (Back et al. 2012). In essence, globalization does not inevitably destroy cultures; “Instead, in some cases native cultures mutate and take on new disguised forms”

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