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Resituating the political in cultural intermediary work: charity sector public relations and communication

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>21/02/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>European Journal of Cultural Studies
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date21/02/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Drawing on a case study of public relations in the UK charity sector, this article argues that cultural intermediary research urgently requires a more sustained focus on politics and the political as power relations, party politics, and political projects such as marketisation and neoliberalism. While wide-ranging research has analysed how cultural intermediaries mediate the relationship between culture and economy, this has been at the expense of a depth analysis of the political. Using our case study as a prompt, we highlight the diversity of ways that the political impacts cultural intermediary work and that cultural intermediary work may impact the political. We reveal the tensions that underpin practice as a result of the interactions between culture, the economy and politics, and show that the tighter the engagement of cultural intermediation with the political sphere, the more tensions must be negotiated, and the more compromised practitioners may feel.