Histories of Cultural Participation, Values and Governance
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 reevaluation 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.
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In Scotland legislative provision affords communities the right to buy the land they live on from private landlords and from some public bodies. This model of land ownership depends on the active participation of local volunteers to make up the boards which manage the land.
In her briefing Young Adults and Community Land Management , Dr Louise Senior explores the experiences of young adults involved in this form of civic participation in the Western Isles. Their engagement is crucial to the long-term sustainability and succession plans of community owned estates.
Lisanne Gibson and Delyth Edwards outline findings in the Valuing Participation Report, published 30 October 2015. This report describes research focusing on the participation of young people growing up in care. Continue reading →