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Cultures of AnyoneStudies on Cultural Democratization in the Spanish Neoliberal Crisis$
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Luis Moreno-Caballud

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381939

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381939.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Cultures of Anyone
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Luis Moreno-Caballud

, Linda Grabner
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381939.003.0001

This book examines the tensions between cultural authority and the so-called ‘cultures of anyone’ that have reemerged time and again during Spain's economic crisis of 2008. It considers how these cultures of anyone, which arose mostly around grassroots social movements and in collaborative spaces fostered by digital technology, promote processes of empowerment and collaborative learning and create ‘collective intelligence’. The book first discusses the emergence of a new layer of powerful disciplines and institutions that has been deposited over Spain's long tradition of cultural authoritarianism. It then explores some of the disagreements and alternatives that confronted the model of cultural authority during the neoliberal crisis. Drawing on feminist theories of social reproduction, it analyzes aspects of ‘cultural autonomy’ relative to knowledge monopolies and the competitive mechanisms of neoliberalism. Finally, it describes the difficulties in creating stable cultural institutions that can function democratically.

Keywords:   cultural authority, cultures of anyone, Spain, economic crisis, grassroots social movements, digital technology, empowerment, collaborative learning, collective intelligence, neoliberalism

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