The Cultural Turn in International Development: Participatory Infrastructures and Value in the Arts

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What is the place of culture in international development activity? What is the difference between soft power initiatives with a focus on cultural relations and those falling under international development?

In an essay produced for the British Council’s Cultural Relations series, J.P. Singh argues that culture is at the root of cultural diplomacy, while international development works focus on the process, also known as a value chain.