Nestor Garcia Canclini – Mexico

Linked with Policies for Cultural Creativity, and with The Future of the Privatization of Culture.

He says: ”… The thesis I propose here derives from the fact that when we speak of the privatization of culture today, this is not the same as the process of fifty or even twenty years ago. We can no longer speak of the dichotomy of the public and the private, or, to use the terms that frame that opposition, the State and the market. Nor can we characterize the issue before us as the conflict between the creativity of art and its commercialization, which gave rise to many of the agonies suffered by artists and writers from Balzac and Baudelaire to the happenings, performance, and installation artists working outside of commercial circuits, or who subvert commercialization through irreverence and other challenges. At this turn of the century, the debate on the privatization of culture is part of the struggle to shape the epochal transformation that the concept of modernity is undergoing” … (more on

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Nestor Garcia Canclini – Mexico

Néstor García Canclini is born in Argentina in 1939, he studied letters in 1975 in the National University of the Silver and, three years later, with a scholarship granted by the Conicet, doctor in the University of Paris. It exerted teaching in the University of the Silver (1966-1975). He is an anthropologist and head of the programme of studies in urban culture at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico.

From 1990, professor and investigator of the Independent National University of Mexico, Iztapalapa Unit, where he directs the Training program on Culture. He has been a Professor at the Universities of Stanford, Austin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. He has published twenty books on cultural studies, globalization and the urban imagination and his book Hybrid Cultures (1995) was chosen by the Latin American Association to receive the first Ibero-American Book Award for the best book about Latin America. (See on The Power of Culture).

Hybrid Cultures, Strategies for Entering and Leaving Modernity: When it was originally published in 1995, Hybrid Cultures was foundational to Latin American cultural studies. This now-classic work features a new introduction in which Néstor García Canclini calls for a cultural politics to contain the damaging effects of globalization and responds to theoretical developments over the past decade. García Canclini questions whether Latin America can compete in a global marketplace without losing its cultural identity. He moves with ease from the ideas of Gramsci and Foucault to economic analysis, from appraisals of the exchanges between Octavio Paz and Jorge Luis Borges to Chicano film and graffitti. Hybrid Cultures at once clarifies the development of democratic institutions in Latin America and reveals that the most destructive ideological trends are still going strong. (Read more on upress).

Same book, another review: Garcia Canclini moves with ease from the ideas of Habermas, Bourdieu, Gramsci, and Foucault to economic analysis, from appraisals of the intercultural tensions in cultural phenomena ranging from exchanges between Octavio Paz and Jorge Luis Borges to Chicano film and border art, comic strips and grafitti. Central to Hybrid Cultures is the notion that social formation does not necessarily run from ancient to modern, or from inferior to superior. Garcia Canclini illustrates how, in an attempt to modernize and still remain culturally pure, Latin American nations have often legitimated existing inequalities. The remedy he proposes combines anthropological and sociological methods to build an autonomous culture that can survive in the transnational market. Theoretically innovative, Hybrid Cultures at once clarifies and advances the development of democratic institutions in Latin America. (Read more on Biblio Vault).

In La Globalización Imaginada, Néstor García Canclini, a well-known Argentinian-Mexican scholar, author also of Culturas Híbridas, declares globalization an “unidentified cultural object.” He describes its often imaginary character and contrasts this with its more rigid version, which is referred to as globalism. (Read more on Cambridge Book Review).

Read: a long Summary on ‘Policies for Cultural Creativity‘.

Spanish Texts and Interviews:

Néstor García-Canclini (1939-), PERFIL BIOGRÁFICO, on infoamerica.

Read: ENTREVISTA A NESTOR GARCIA CANCLINI, “No hay una idea de futuro en los políticos”.

Read: Confrontos & Debates.


Institute for the Study of the Americas;

Peter Wade, “Anthropology and Latin American Cultural Studies: A Response to Néstor García Canclini”;

Landscapes of Confusion: The Urban Imaginaries of Néstor García Canclini and Kevin Lynch;

Transforming Modernity;


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