A long march through cultural institutions. Politics of the United Right and the exchange of elites in the state’s new cultural order after 2015 Cover Image
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Długi marsz przez instytucje kultury. Polityka Zjednoczonej Prawicy a wymiana elit w nowym ładzie kulturalnym państwa po roku 2015
A long march through cultural institutions. Politics of the United Right and the exchange of elites in the state’s new cultural order after 2015

Author(s): Piotr Kulas, Paweł Śpiewak
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Political Theory, Political Sciences, Civil Society, Governance, Sociology, Government/Political systems, Political behavior, Political psychology, Politics and society, History and theory of political science, Social Theory, Policy, planning, forecast and speculation, Sociology of Culture, Social Norms / Social Control, Sociology of Politics, Politics of History/Memory, Politics and Identity, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Wydział Socjologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: elites; exchange of elites; field of culture; cultural hegemony; the Polish intelligentsia; intellectuals

Summary/Abstract: This text aims to analyse the project of elite change implemented by the United Right in Poland in the field of cultural production. The authors argue that culture is recognized by right-wing politicians and intellectuals as a particularly important way of legitimizing its domination also in other fields. The special role of culture can be interpreted by the nature of the public sphere in Poland and the importance of the intelligentsia, who converted cultural capital into other types of capital (the political, the social, and especially the symbolic capital). The authors argue that the replacement of cultural elites serves the revision of history and assertion of power. Although, the elite change project is conducted not only within the cultural field, however, the latter is seen as a particularly important for the right-wing intelligentsia. We argue, that this exchange is based on the long-formulated announcements and is justified by the right-wing intellectuals and politicians who argue for a traditional, Polish model of culture. However, it also conceals political goals. The main goals of the replacement are to change the old elites with people favouring new order and, in the long run, to form right-wing elites, who, referring to the one-dimensional model of culture, will play a hegemonic role in the social life.

  • Issue Year: 12/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 73-97
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Polish