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|Author||Jancovich, L., ; Bianchini, F.,|
Jancovich, L.; Bianchini, F. (2013). Problematising participation. Cultural Trends, 22:2, 63-66.
|Keywords||Participation; Culture; Public policy
|Link to article|| https://doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2013.783158
|Abstract||‘Problematising participation’ is an editorial for a special issue (‘Exploring policies on participation and engagement in the arts’) of Cultural Trends, 22, 2, 2013. The special issue was based on the proceedings of a conference on the conditions for participation and engagement in arts activities, held at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 26th June 2012.
|Findings||The main conclusion is that it has become clear that participatory processes often fall short of their articulated aim to provide access to decision-making, hence furnishing a reason also to uncover the ‘myth of participation’. Leila Jancovich’s and Franco Bianchini’s discussion on problematizing participation has a negative view on cultural institutions that blame the individual for lack of engagement. Jancovich and Bianchini (2013:63) cite Malcolm Miles’ deficit model, where issues of audience engagement, or lack thereof, are blamed on the individuals that fall into a “hard to reach” category for geographic and socio-economic reasons, as opposed to policy issues of content, programming and funding. This releases the producers of the artwork from any responsibility regarding public engagement.
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