Histories of Cultural Participation, Values and Governance

  • Eleonora Belfiore
  • Lisanne Gibson

Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)

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About this book


This book develops the first integrated, critical-historical examination of the terms, narratives and assumptions constructing present day notions of participation and value, and the relations between them. Histories of Cultural Participation, Values and Governance proposes a radical re-evaluation of these relationships, organized in two inter-related sections, on political discourses of participation and value, and on culture and governance. The essays collected here provide an in-depth historical understanding of the development of definitions, assumptions and beliefs around the nature and value of cultural participation, their place in contemporary cultural governance and exploitation in local socio-economic development strategies. They also bring a novel perspective to current policy, practice and scholarly debates on the connections between culture, place-making and the creative economy. As such, the essays provide vital historical insight that sheds light on contemporary issues of cultural participation, value and governance.


cultural policy culture governance participation policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Eleonora Belfiore
    • 1
  • Lisanne Gibson
    • 2
  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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