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Cultural Action Not Class-Neutral

'Cultural Action' Not Class-Neutral P M Mathew THE report on the Chandigarh Women's Conference (EPW, December 12, 1986) apparently fails to read between the lines some of the crucial problems posed in my paper.1 While discussing the present role and future tasks of trade unions, the note (quite unintentionally, I hope) separates my idea of cultural action from the context in which I have discussed it. This leads to the much masticated concept of 'conscientisa- tion' which has a deceptive simplicity and the aura of patron-client relationships too. As it reads, the report gives the impression that I have the following positions regarding the strategies of the capitalist class and of the state relating to 'development' of the 'informal sector' or what I would call the informal surface:2 (1) that the illusions raised by economism are the most crucial danger; and (2) that countering of such a strategy, is, by and large, the duty of the trade unions.

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