Cultural policy and the power of place, South Africa

Authored by: Rike Sitas

The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138857827
eBook ISBN: 9781315718408
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South Africa is often lauded as having a sophisticated policy landscape. Nevertheless, the terrain is still hotly contested, and many disjunctures between policy and implementation exist. It is therefore unsurprising that cultural policy debates are marked by disputes and dissensus. Post-apartheid cultural policy in South Africa is based on the 1996 White Paper on Arts Culture and Heritage, with a draft Revised White Paper circulating unsuccessfully since 2013. Although there are numerous consultative processes drawing in perspectives from different interests, little consensus has been reached, which has a direct impact on implementation.

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