Culture in crisis: Deploying metaphor in defense of art

Terence E. McDonnell, Steven J. Tepper

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Abstract

This paper examines the public discourse around cultural organizations under threat of closing. When discussing these crises, do people cling to old metaphors or find new ways to defend the arts? We compare the use of metaphor across the field of cultural organizations from high to popular culture and nonprofit to commercial. These questions are timely, with U.S. cultural policy under strain and rising rates of closure facing orchestras and theaters. Rather than forging a new path, we ultimately find that discourse around high culture nonprofits relies on old, elitist metaphors.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages20-42
Number of pages23
JournalPoetics
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Art
metaphor
art
Cultural Organizations
discourse
Theaters
Forging
High Culture
Public Discourse
Discourse
Closure
Elitist
Popular Culture
Cultural Policy
Threat
cultural policy
popular culture
theater
threat

Keywords

  • Arts organizations
  • Cultural policy
  • Cultural sociology
  • Distinction/democracy
  • Metaphors
  • Organizational failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Communication
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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Culture in crisis : Deploying metaphor in defense of art. / McDonnell, Terence E.; Tepper, Steven J.

In: Poetics, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2014, p. 20-42.

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McDonnell, Terence E. ; Tepper, Steven J./ Culture in crisis : Deploying metaphor in defense of art. In: Poetics. 2014 ; Vol. 43, No. 1. pp. 20-42
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