Culture in crisis

Deploying metaphor in defense of art

Terence E. McDonnell, Steven 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-42
Number of pages23
JournalPoetics
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

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

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  • 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.

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

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