French intellectuals have always defined themselves in political terms. They figure in common representation as oppositional figures set against State and government. But speaking truth to power is not the only way that intellectuals in France have brought their influence to bear upon political fields. Ahearne's book explores a neglected dimension of French intellectuals' practice. What happens when, instead of denouncing from without the worlds of government and public policy, French intellectuals become voluntarily, at least for a while, entangled within those worlds? After a historical and theoretical overview, the heart of the book is constituted by a series of case studies exploring policy domains in which strategies for shaping the broad `culture' of France have been debated and developed. These comprise issues of laicity and secularization, reform of the educational curriculum, programmes of cultural `democratization' and `democracy', and public television programming. It explores the policy engagement of intellectuals such as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel de Certeau, Andre Malraux, Catherine Clement, Regis Debray, Francis Jeanson, Henri Wallon, Blandine Kriegel, and Edgar Morin. `An interesting and stimulating read ... I shall be recommending elements of this book as higher-level reading for students taking undergraduate modules on 'Republican values' and the French education system and 'French Popular culture'. I am sure that many other colleagues elsewhere in British and US universities will want to do likewise.' Hugh Dauncey, Newcastle University.
Jeremy Ahearne is Professor of French Studies at the University of Warwick and author of Michel de Certeau: Interpretation and its Other (Polity Press, 1995) and French Cultural Policy Debates: A Reader (Routledge, 2002).
Acknowledgements Introduction: Focus and Limits Part One: Frameworks 1 Intellectuals and public policy in France: an Overview 2 Intellectuals within policy processes: Conceptual approaches Part Two: Probes 3 Laicity: architects and Interpreters Prophets and Architects: Condorcet, Quinet, Buisson Interpreting Laicity: The Debray and Stasi Reports (2002, 2003) 4 The expression and critique of Cultural policy: Andre Malraux and Pierre Bourdieu Andre Malraux Pierre Bourdieu 5 Curriculum reform and Intellectuals: the Common and the General Equality and the Idea of a Common Culture The Langevin-Wallon Report (1944-1947) Pierre Bourdieu: The College de France and the Bourdieu-Gros Reports (1985 and 1989) Edgar Morin: `Quels savoirs enseigner dans les lycees?' (1998) 6. Cultural Democracy: representation, institutions and experimentation Francis Jeanson Michel de Certeau 7 Television: anxiety and care The Kriegel Report (2002) The Clement Report (2002) Conclusion Bibliography Index