Coloniality, Identity, and Cultural Policy
This essay will review the major themes that have informed cultural policies given the legacy of coloniality. These conceptual concerns include: (1) cultural reassertion (Quebec); (2) cultural reconstruction (Africa); (3) cultural revivalism (Latin America); (4) cultural reclamation (Ukraine). Finally, some concluding observations will be offered about cultural nationalism and the politics of identity with particular reference to Puerto Rico. What should be clear is that these cultural policy issues are found not just in what were imperial dependencies, but also in regions that have been absorbed into modern states as a part of their nation-building experiences. In sum, the experience of coloniality is not restricted to the former colonies of the so-called "developing world," but can also be found in the "internal colonies" of developed countries, as well.
Keywords: Coloniality, Cultural Deracination, Cultural Hegemony, Cultural Policy, Developing Countries, Imperialism, National Identity, Public Culture, Revolutionary Art
Dr. Kevin V. Mulcahy
Sheldon Beychok Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University