Intellectuals, Culture and Public Policy in France
Approaches from the Left
Jeremy Ahearne is Professor of French Studies at the University of Warwick and author of Michel de Certeau: Interpretation and its Other (Polity Press, 1995) and French Cultural Policy Debates: A Reader (Routledge, 2002).
Acknowledgements Introduction: Focus and Limits Part One: Frameworks 1 Intellectuals and public policy in France: an Overview 2 Intellectuals within policy processes: Conceptual approaches Part Two: Probes 3 Laicity: architects and Interpreters Prophets and Architects: Condorcet, Quinet, Buisson Interpreting Laicity: The Debray and Stasi Reports (2002, 2003) 4 The expression and critique of Cultural policy: André Malraux and Pierre Bourdieu André Malraux Pierre Bourdieu 5 Curriculum reform and Intellectuals: the Common and the General Equality and the Idea of a Common Culture The Langevin-Wallon Report (1944–1947) Pierre Bourdieu: The Collège de France and the Bourdieu-Gros Reports (1985 and 1989) Edgar Morin: ‘Quels savoirs enseigner dans les lycées?’ (1998) 6. Cultural Democracy: representation, institutions and experimentation Francis Jeanson Michel de Certeau 7 Television: anxiety and care The Kriegel Report (2002) The Clément Report (2002) Conclusion Bibliography Index
This very valuable study adapts the critical apparatus of what can often appear to be the model driven preoccupations of social policy studies and uses it successfully to illuminate the role of the intellectual engaging with the public policy sphere. In so doing the book elucidates some of the most important cultural and social issues that are the focus of debate in contemporary France.
Gino Raymond French Studies, vol 68, no 1
Ahearne’s study is to be welcomed for the contributions it makes to our understanding of both French policy-making and of French intellectual history. In the domain of policy-making, Ahearne offers new insights into the frequent use made by successive French governments of public intellectuals to legitimise their actions. As regards intellectual history, he usefully illuminates some of the ways in which French intellectuals have sought to find practical applications for their theoretical ideas.
Jeremy F. Lane Modern and Contemporary France
... a timely and instructive text …, an excellent intervention into the ongoing development of cultural policy studies itself.
Dave O'Brien Cultural Trends
Ahearne's book fills an important gap in recent studies of the always fascinating interface between the cultural and the political in modern France.
Keith Reader Journal of Contemporary European Studies
Ahearne’s contribution to scholarship on this fascinating subject is a model of cross-disciplinary research […].The book is a learned and highly successful enterprise, and one that adds substantially to our understanding of the crucial but ambivalent role of intellectuals in the formation of French cultural policy, and sheds genuine light on the broader question of the meaning of the ‘public sphere’ in a largely privatised age.
Stephen Hopkins Perspectives on European Politics and Society
The subtlety of this book lies in its perceptive analyses of those situations in which the intellectuals studied combine expertise and critical attention (…). The author maps out the basis for a renewed reflection on the place of the intellectual in contemporary societies which, more than ever, need public debates and figures who can animate them in a responsible (expert) and vivacious (critical) manner. Through this way of interrogating the past to respond to the challenges of the present, the author breathes refreshing new life into the history of intellectuals.
François Chaubet Vingtième Siècle, Issue 110
An interesting and stimulating read … I shall be recommending elements of this book as higher-level reading for students taking undergraduate modules on ‘Republican values’ and the French education system, and on French popular culture. I am sure that many other colleagues elsewhere in British and US universities will want to do likewise.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: June 11, 2010
Series: Studies in Social and Political Thought 19