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Culture and globalisation

Why has Culture become such a portmanteau word? The common use of that hackneyed term derives from the breaking of its link to politics and society although for a century, from Lamartine to Hugo, Zola to Aragon, that link has been a source of various artistic and intellectual preoccupations. Why is this word being used now more than ever in our contemporary sphere? Is Culture another of those magical words of our economic and liberal times?

Even if we believe that we have to go past it. We probably have not noticed that the use of culture and its definition have fallen under the yoke of consensus and political correctness. As Arnold Schoenberg said: ‘Our era wonders a lot. What has it found: Comfort? It invades even the world of thoughts and makes it too comfortable for our own good’…

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