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Do the Arts and Culture Have a Positive Impact on Happiness? Beyond Methodological Issues

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This chapter aims to make a small, yet unusual and hopefully contribution to the growing area of happiness studies from the perspective of ‘cultural policy’ research. It will challenge an implicit assumption that culture and the arts make people happy by critically examining some of the inherent problems and dilemmas of cultural policy and its paradoxical nature, as these are in conflict with the happiness that cultural policy is supposed to promote. It will be suggested that, rather than devising various ways of measuring the value of culture on its own and in association with other policy purposes, culture should be seen as an integral part of the whole economic and social system and as indispensable infrastructure for economic development and social sustainability.

Keywords

  • Life Satisfaction
  • Leisure Activity
  • Social Inclusion
  • Creative Industry
  • Cultural Policy

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Section 5 of this chapter draws on part of my previous work (Kawashima 2006).

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Notes

  1. 1.

    Galloway found this mission statement in the DCMS website on 19 December 2006, but it seems to be no longer obtainable.

  2. 2.

    In England, too, Arts Council England commissioned a consultancy company to conduct similar research (Arts Council England 2014).

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Comments received at the conference on happiness, which provided the basis for this volume, were constructive and helpful for writing the chapter. My special thanks are to Victor Ginsburgh, who read the manuscript and made very supportive comments.

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Kawashima, N. (2016). Do the Arts and Culture Have a Positive Impact on Happiness? Beyond Methodological Issues. In: Tachibanaki, T. (eds) Advances in Happiness Research. Creative Economy. Springer, Tokyo. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-55753-1_17

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