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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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Towards More Democratic Cultural Institutions?

Towards More Democratic Cultural Institutions?

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(p.232) Chapter 6 Towards More Democratic Cultural Institutions?
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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/9781781381939.003.0007

This chapter examines the modes of constructing alternatives to the tradition of cultural authoritarianism and neoliberalism by focusing on institutions that try to offer permanent life spaces for the ‘cultures of anyone’. It considers the cultural and political project Trafiantes de Sueños (TdS), which belongs to the Fundacón de los Comunes network, to highlight the successes achieved by self-managed spaces that base their ability to decommodify and democratize meaning production on the daily support of communities. It also looks at a public institution, such as Medialab-Prado, and the harassment it suffers, showing that such harassment is contrary to the growing civic interest in bringing the logics of democratic self-management to the public sphere. Finally, it discusses the Plan Estratégico de la Cultura de Madrid (PECAM) and the role of experimentation in constructing truly democratic cultures in cultural institutions.

Keywords:   cultural authoritarianism, neoliberalism, cultures of anyone, Trafiantes de Sueños, self-managed spaces, Medialab-Prado, democratic self-management, public sphere, Plan Estratégico de la Cultura de Madrid, cultural institutions

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