Art and the Cultural Transmission of Globalization

Williams, L 2019, 'Art and the Cultural Transmission of Globalization' in Mark Juergensmeyer, Saskia Sassen and Manfred B Steger (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies, Oxford University Press, New York, United States, pp. 493-512.

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Title Art and the Cultural Transmission of Globalization
Author(s) Williams, L
Year 2019
Title of book The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication New York, United States
Editor(s) Mark Juergensmeyer, Saskia Sassen and Manfred B Steger
Start page 493
End page 512
Subjects Cultural Theory
Art History
Globalisation and Culture
Summary This chapter assesses how from early modernity to the present day, art has been significant agent in the cultural transmission of globalization. It is a cultural legacy, however, that continues to be divided by a deep sense of ambivalence towards the question of how social imaginaries are delimited by the ubiquitous processes of global capital. The field of contemporary art is often entirely complicit with a culture of manufactured exclusivity and big profits, yet it also has its critical edge that has shown how the glossy allure of transnational capital obscures visions of other possible, less inequitable worlds. Other possible worlds have also appeared in art in a recent turn to the great, circulatory systems of the oceans as both the historical conduits of globalization and the channels through which we might envisage what kind of global imaginary will prevail in response to environmental crisis. At its best, contemporary art opens up new possibilities for the scope of the global imaginary, and as such for the processes of globalization itself.
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Keyword(s) Globalization
ISBN 9780190630577
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