Aesthetics and Politics

A Nordic Perspective on How Cultural Policy Negotiates the Agency of Music and Arts

  • Ole Marius Hylland
  • Erling Bjurström

Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ole Marius Hylland, Erling Bjurström
    Pages 1-23
  3. Jane Woddis, Ann Christin E. Nilsen
    Pages 95-135
  4. Ole Marius Hylland, Erling Bjurström
    Pages 191-203
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-210

About this book


Through comparative and integrated case studies, this book demonstrates how aesthetics becomes politics in cultural policy. Contributors from Norway, Sweden and the UK analyse exactly what happens when art is considered relevant for societal development, at both a practical and theoretical level. Cultural policy is seen here as a mechanism for translating values, that through organized and practical aesthetical judgement lend different forms of agency to the arts. What happens when aesthetical value is reinterpreted as political value? What kinds of negotiations take place at a cultural policy ground level when values are translated and reinterpreted? By addressing these questions, the editors present an original collection that effectively centralises and investigates the role of aesthetics in cultural policy research.


Aesthetics Cultural Policy Music Policy Musicology Arts Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Ole Marius Hylland
    • 1
  • Erling Bjurström
    • 2
  1. 1.Telemark Research InstituteBø, TelemarkNorway
  2. 2.Linköping UniversityStockholmSweden

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