Advocacy and analysis
in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
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Tessa Jowell's advocacy for a culture valued by 'the whole nation' was an attempt to argue that 'culture' that could be best ensured by the state's financial support for the complex arts. The rhetorical exclusions involved in defining the sphere of cultural value were less to do with making a case for culture than for securing assent to the effects of Arts Council policy. In his systematic analysis of the problems of 'capturing cultural value', John Holden proposed a complex system of distinct forms of value that might be applied to culture. The task of the cultural analysts was to facilitate what Stuart Cunningham, a sociologist of culture, has described as 'public processes involved in formulating, implementing and contesting governmental intervention in and support of cultural activity'. The analysts and advocates often worked in and for the same organisations and were equally aware of the others' claim for value.

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