Tunisia/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.2 National definition of culture

The official governmental policy did not contain any specific definition of culture; rather it was based on an implicit consensus inspired from the definitions put forth in international conventions and protocols ratified by Tunisia. This situation had a positive aspect as it permitted a continuous evolution and expansion of culture sphere in terms of associated areas and attributions.

Historically, four concepts of culture can be identified in Tunisian cultural policy since independence, as follows:

• Culture as a human concept for art and educational enlightenment.

• Culture as a factor for integrated economic development.

• Culture as a national identity.

• Culture as a factor for peacemaking and mutual understanding.


Chapter published: 05-05-2015


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