The first of two special editions of Cultural Trends journal is now available online, with the printed publication available later this year.
As the editorial piece by Andrew Miles and Lisanne Gibson outlines, the edition comprises articles by Eleonora Belfiore, Jill Ebrey, Lisanne Gibson and Delyth Edwards, Andrew Miles and Mark Taylor, which set out some of our early findings, and which frame and contextualise the central propositions of Understanding Everyday Participation. They concern the orientation of cultural policy and state-funded cultural programming towards cultural participation and value, and argue that this is in need of a radical overhaul, beyond the orthodoxy of cultural engagement approaches which are based on a narrow definition (and understanding) of participation and which obscure the significance of other forms of cultural participation situated locally in the everyday realm.
The publication of the edition will be followed by a series of public and stakeholder engagements with the research, and also a second edition of research articles, due for publication in March 2017.
The full first edition can be accessed here.