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Dr. Tim Gill publishes piece on Venezuela

July 12th, 2016

Dr. Tim Gill recently had an article published which develops the concept of a ‘world cultural toolkit’, using the Venezuelan government as a case study. See Unpacking the world cultural toolkit in socialist Venezuela: national sovereignty, human rights and anti-NGO legislation

“I argue that although existing cultural scripts promote the spread of democracy and human rights through NGOs, the Venezuelan government has utilized a discourse of national sovereignty to justify its anti-NGO efforts, including the passage of legislation that prohibits foreign funding for politically-oriented NGOs. I argue that instead of one overarching set of cultural scripts, the world polity/society contains conflicting cultural scripts. In doing so, I develop the concept of the world cultural toolkit in order help us make sense of these contradictory cultural scripts concerning state policy.” – Dr. Tim Gill