Towards a Novel Conception of Bene Culturale



The aim of this chapter is to seek a leit motif that can be justified in sociological terms, underpinning evolving trends in the concepts of bene culturale and culture over time. The evolutionary conception of cultural goods is identified in three specific phases from a prevailing view of cultural goods strongly centred on their material characteristics, to a more dynamic view that abandons to a certain extent the reductionist approach, up to a more recent view in which the conception of cultural value evolves in the vision of the intangible and toward a service logic. In this changing view, the value of a cultural good is conveyed by the value of use derived from its setting as a systemic value that is achieved in terms of service. A scheme of synthesis is devised to summarise the observed evolutionary pathway as a shift from a preliminary formalised proposal centred on an objective view of cultural value, towards a proposal open to multiple experiential pathways in the enjoinment of cultural heritage.


Bene culturale Systems thinking Service view 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sapienza, University of RomeRomeItaly

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