Cultural poverty

Poverty in each case appears as some kind of deficiency, deprivation. In the classic sense it expresses deprivation of material goods. Poverty, while a grave disadvantage by itself, implies further shortcomings and results in further deprivation. This may result in fewer opportunities and the reduction of social capital in its wake, together with exclusion from cultural consumption, in terms of high culture…
Culture needs to be interpreted as a kind of adaptation skill, problem and conflict management strategy, which makes individuals and groups capable of integration. In this case culture is perceived as the relation between human and human, human and group, group and group, including the relation of humans and groups to ideas. Normally this system of relations is capable of managing problems and conflicts. When missing, it appears as deprivation, and this deprived state is called cultural poverty.

From the hypotheses of Katalin Dudás, Katalin G. Furulyás, Zsolt Lada and Péter Lágler of the Cultural Department of MMI