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«Soft Power» of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy


Автор: George Filimonov
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ISBN: 9785209034933
Год: 2010

Annotation

The book focuses on the cultural aspect of U.S. «soft power» and basically on one of its key components - foreign cultural policy. The study is based on two areas of research offered by the author: the official American foreign cultural policy implementation and the so-called unofficial.

The monograph outlines the history of U.S. domestic and foreign cultural policy, analyzes the fundamental trends in the study of American foreign cultural policy by American and European research communities, identifies the basic principles, directions and purposes of this policy.

The study raises the question of the United States` cultural diplomacy influence degree on their interaction with other countries and international relations in general.

The book also covers methods, means and institutions of foreign cultural policy making, main public and cultural diplomacy vectors considering correlation of goals and interests of business community and government in the process of American mass culture dissemination.

The author raises the issue of the need to elaborate Russian national cultural security strategy, offering his vision of its conceptual framework in order to ensure conditions for domestic "soft power" formation and development.

Summary

The influence of «soft power» instruments on the international relations system is remarkably increased in today`s world politics. Formulated by American political scientist Joseph S. Nye postulate about the importance and effectiveness of «soft power» in a state`s foreign policy becomes more urgent.

The present book focuses on the cultural aspect of U.S. «soft power» and basically on one of its key components - foreign cultural policy.

The study is based on two areas of research: analysis of methods and means of the official American foreign cultural policy implementation and the so-called unofficial. The official foreign cultural policy implies essentially the state mechanism of its regulation and the unofficial (informal) policy is considered by the author primarily as a process of multi-level mass culture distribution.

The reader of this book can get to know the history of U.S. domestic and foreign cultural policy, the analysis of underlying trends in the study of American foreign cultural policy by American and European research communities. Moreover the monograph identifies the basic principles, direction and purposes of U.S. foreign cultural policy as a tool of American diplomacy and a constituent part of America`s «soft power».

In addition, the book raises the question of the United States` cultural diplomacy influence degree on their interaction with other countries and international relations in general. Thereupon this monograph includes the analysis of U.S. government approaches to the foreign cultural policy making and its use as a tool of «soft power» in different historical periods.

To understand the place and role of «soft power» in U.S. foreign policy arsenal and American global strategy agenda for the early twenty-first century the author studies the institutions of public diplomacy, foreign cultural policy, cultural diplomacy realization and considers correlation of goals and interests of business community and government in the process of American mass culture dissemination.

Basing on the findings of the study, the author raises the issue of the need to elaborate Russian national cultural security strategy, offering his vision of its conceptual framework in order to ensure conditions for domestic «soft power» formation and development.

Summary

Introduction

Chapter 1. Terminological basis

Chapter 2. Historical review of the culturtal policy formation

Chapter 3. U.S. foreign cultural policy from 1945 to nowadays

Chapter 4. Discussion on cultural imperialism

Chapter 5. Principal institutions of U.S. foreign cultural policy making

Bureau of educational and cultural affairs

The history of USIA as a tool of American public diplomacy

Philantropic and sponsoring foundations

Chapter 6. The unoffical foreign cultural policy of the United States

Hollywood

Mass media

Music and show business

Youth subcultures

Chapter 7. Business and state in the context of U.S. international cultural influence

Chapter 8. Russian national cultural security strategy and modern Russia`s “soft power”

Conclusion

Bibliography

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