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International Journal of Cultural Policy

Annual Special Issue

Culture Wars

Invitation to Contribute

Contributions are invited for a series of annual special issues on the theme of ‘culture wars’. The first in the series will be published in the autumn of 2021.

‘Culture wars’ can be seen as the promulgation of cultural policies in their most aggressive form. Whilst they are often associated with virulent struggles over identity, particularly in contemporary America and Britain, they are by no means a recent phenomenon. One only has to think of Bismark’s struggle with the Catholic Church (Kulturkampf), of the civilizing mission associated with British Imperialism, or of Mao Zedong’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution to be reminded of how often political and cultural struggles have been intertwined. Culture wars, to adapt von Clausewitz, are the continuation of politics by other means.

Nevertheless, the intensity of contemporary cultural conflict, whether in North or South America, Europe, China or the Middle East, makes the study of ‘culture wars’ particularly resonant at the present time. The Journal is therefore seeking to publish a wide range of international contributions which will advance our understanding of the origins, agents, nature, and consequences of these struggles for cultural dominance.

For the purposes of these issues, ‘cultures’ may be defined as clusters of attitudes, values and behaviours, along with the symbolic practices that maintain or support them. ‘Policies’ may be considered as sets of ideas or plans of action pursued by governments, political groupings or other agencies (for example, religious institutions, media organisations, think tanks, etc.).

Articles are invited from researchers in any discipline whose work fits the conceptual framework of the special issue series, as set out here. The historical range is not limited to any given period, but the Journal is primarily concerned with material that is relevant to the contemporary world and which contributes to a fruitful international exchange of ideas.

If you would like to contribute to this series, please visit our ‘Instructions for Authors’ and submit your manuscript. Accepted articles will be published on the Journal’s online platform within 4-6 weeks of the return of proofs and assigned to the next available special issue. As this will be a repeating special issue, submissions can be made at any time.

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