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Ruling CultureArt Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy$
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Fiona Greenland

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226756981

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226757179.001.0001

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Farewell to the Tomb Robber

Farewell to the Tomb Robber

(p.181) Chapter 6 Farewell to the Tomb Robber
Ruling Culture

Fiona Greenland

University of Chicago Press

The logic of cultural accumulation reinforces Italy’s claim to be the world’s greatest cultural power, even as the government must find new ways to engage ordinary Italians in “their” heritage. This concluding chapter identifies further lines of inquiry made possible by theorizing cultural power as a distinct form of state power. It is a form of power constituted by control over cultural materials but is not limited to the cultural sphere. The tensile strength of state patrimony, not its metaphorical hardness or softness, provides us with a richer understanding of how Italy extends its sovereignty through cultural objects.

Keywords:   tensile power, scales of analysis, public cultural goods, Art Squad, Ministry of Culture, backstage spaces, Ilaria Porciani, Michael Herzfeld

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