Cultural policies and national identity in Catalonia / Anna Villarroya

By: Villarroya Planas, Anna.
In: International journal of cultural policy, Vol. 18, no. 1 (Jan. 2012), p. 31-45 Vol. 18, no. 1 (Jan. 2012), p. 31-45Summary: This article looks at the general trends regarding identity in Catalan cultural policy. National identity is not a new issue in Catalonia, since language and culture have been key factors in constructing the Catalan nation throughout its history. Nevertheless, the increasing flow of immigrants from other countries, particularly since 2000, has resulted in a strengthening of identity issues. The article examines how this social change has affected the definition of cultural policies and describes the measures implemented by the Catalan government. We conclude that considerable progress has been made in terms of the promotion of national identity through cultural policies, although some questions remain regarding the social use of the Catalan language and the consumption of cultural products in Catalan. (Font: Autor)
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This article looks at the general trends regarding identity in Catalan cultural policy. National identity is not a new issue in Catalonia, since language and culture have been key factors in constructing the Catalan nation throughout its history. Nevertheless, the increasing flow of immigrants from other countries, particularly since 2000, has resulted in a strengthening of identity issues. The article examines how this social change has affected the definition of cultural policies and describes the measures implemented by the Catalan government. We conclude that considerable progress has been made in terms of the promotion of national identity through cultural policies, although some questions remain regarding the social use of the Catalan language and the consumption of cultural products in Catalan. (Font: Autor)

Introduction -- Theories of nationalism as a suitable framework for the study of cultural policies -- General description of the Spanish system -- Current trends regarding identity in Spanish cultural policy -- How identity is seen by the regional governments: the case of Catalonia -- Measures to promote national identity in Catalonia -- Measures to promote the social use of Catalan --Measures to disseminate Catalan culture abroad -- Measures to foster social cohesion -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References

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