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Culture, services, knowledge : television between policy regimes

Cunningham, Stuart D. (2005) Culture, services, knowledge : television between policy regimes. In Wasko, Janet (Ed.) A companion to television. Blackwell Publishing, United States of America, Massachusetts, Malden, pp. 199-213.

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Abstract

The chapter takes an explicit policy-oriented focus and tracks television as it has been or could be deliberated on across policy 'regimes'. These three grids of understanding – 'culture', 'services', and 'knowledge' - also serve as historical and/or possible rationales for state intervention in television, as well as the industry's own understandings of its nature and role. To emphasize the dynamic, overlapping and in part contesting nature of these regimes, I use Raymond Williams' (1981: 204) distinction between residual, dominant and emergent cultural forces. The first, residual, regime, that of cultural policy, is of well-established vintage for television but is under siege. The second, the dominant, the service industry model, is the most widespread regime. The third, emergent, regime, the place of television in the knowledge economy, is embryonic at this stage of its development.

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ID Code: 2441
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Television, cultural policy, innovation policy, BBC
ISBN: 140510094X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:17

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