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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cultural Work

I had a visceral reaction when I first started to hear people use the phrase "do cultural work," where the cultural work is a synonym some sort of immediate political pay off. As in the question: "What cultural work does Madonna's music do?" It takes something from what is already "culture" and makes its cultural work into something not even cultural, but simply political in a kind of one-dimensional way.

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