By Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw
Many students, practitioners, and policy-makers within the cultural quarter argue that Canadian cultural coverage is at a crossroads: that the surroundings for cultural policy-making has advanced considerably and that conventional rationales for kingdom intervention not apply.
The suggestion of cultural citizenship is a relative newcomer to the cultural coverage panorama, and provides a in all likelihood compelling replacement cause for presidency intervention within the cultural region. Likewise, the articulation and use of cultural signs and of governance ideas also are new arrivals, rising as most likely strong instruments for coverage and software development.
Accounting for tradition is a different selection of essays from top Canadian and foreign students that significantly examines cultural citizenship, cultural symptoms, and governance within the context of evolving cultural practices and cultural policy-making. it will likely be of serious curiosity to students of cultural policy,...
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More importantly, you had to know what to count. In his case this was books, artifacts, monuments, languages, street signs, and nomenclature, the symbols and signs of the Republic, its manners, and customs. And you had to know in what context and to what ends you were counting. ” There was a single word for the unit, fulcrum and focus of calculation: citizen. Cultural policy, that is to say, has the strategic purpose of forming, maintaining, and “managing” citizens. ” The aim of this chapter is essentially to map and highlight the conceptual field which does or should inform the work of building a knowledge base for the development of policy-relevant and policy-enabling indicators for cultural citizenship or, properly speaking, cultural indicators for citizenship.
When people engage with culture, they necessarily engage with each other, with people like them in some way, and inevitably with people who are different. Cultural policy has the potential therefore to reach out beyond the traditional realm of industry, art, and museum to influence citizenship, values, tolerance, and the very construction of Canadian society. To support these new policy directions, we obviously need different data than we have now. But our needs go beyond data. We need scholarship to understand the relationship between culture and society.
Gregg offers a rationale, not unrelated to cultural citizenship, whereby culture could be used to rekindle Canadians’ faith in politics. His argument is based on the relationship between two sets of facts: public support for investment in culture and the arts is very low and public confidence in politics is at an all-time low. Making an economic argument for culture is pointless, according to Gregg; a citizenship argument has more reality and more weight. Canadians need to feel that governments can be productive, that public action can lead to the goal of a more progressive society, the goal Canadians want to see.
Accounting for Culture. Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship by Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw