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No Culture - No Europe: On the Foundations on Politics
Director of the Research Center Arts in Society (Groningen University)
No Culture, No Europe
In his last book ‘No Culture, No Europe. On the Foundations of Politics’
(2014) Pascal Gielen analyses theoretical models and provides straightforward
examples that clarify the central proposition of this work: culture is the basic
source to give meaning and form to societies. Culture is the essential, binding
fabric of investigating and assessing identity, human activities and political
awareness, enabling us to act politically. The European project will never
succeed if it does not recognize culture as its main raison d’être.
Pascal Gielen is director of the Research Center Arts in Society at
Groningen University where he is professor sociology of art. He leads also the
research group and book series ‘Arts in Society’ (Fontys School for Fine and
Performing Arts, Tilburg). Gielen has written several books on contemporary
art, cultural heritage and cultural politics.