Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture
This book is a collection of articles, addresses, and dialogues produced by the authors over the decade of the eighties. Its basic subject is cultural democracy, and Adams and Goldbard are certainly qualified to discuss the subject. They have labored in that particular vineyard longer than anyone I know.
Cultural democracy is currently a buzzword in the arts field, but it means different things to different people. To the authors, it consists of three components. The first is multiculturalism, that is, the idea that our society has many cultural traditions and none should be dominant over the others. Second, everyone has the right to participate in the cultural life of the community. Third, everyone has the right to participate in the decisions that determine the direction and content of the cultural development of the community. Advocates of cultural democracy feel that its proper implementation can enhance community development, help individuals to grow psychologically by conferring upon them the dignity and responsibility of participating in the decisions that affect their lives, and furnish the training necessary to create the active and involved citizens who constitutes the foundation of a healthy, democractic society. (p. 101)