Edited By Céline Romainville
La culture à l’épreuve du marché intérieur
Abstract – Internal Market Testing Culture
Culture seems to have a different relationship with the internal market depending on whether it is approached in a strict sense (as limited to arts and literature) or in a broad sense (as referring to a way of life). Understood in a strict sense, culture resembles a sanctuary that needs to be protected from the free market laws. The reduction of art to mere consumption and speculation goods is regarded as a danger that has to be prevented. Approached in a broad sense, culture is the expression of diversity in the Union and of the singularity of every people in Europe. This singularity is threatened by the standardisation of ways of life and thought which free movement and the internal market bring about. However, the relationship between culture and the internal market is not necessarily and wholly one of opposition. The ‘internal market place’ can be conceived of as a sort of agora of the European Union which may foster the development of a genuinely European culture. A culture rooted in the identities of each Member State but which cannot be reduced to any one of them.
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