Cultural Policy. Management, Value and Modernity in the Creative Industries
By Dave O'Brien. Routledge, 2013, 168 pages, ISBN: 978-0-415-81759-2
Contemporary society is complex; governed and administered by a range of contradictory policies, practices and techniques. Nowhere are these contradictions more keenly felt than in cultural policy. This book uses insights from a range of disciplines to aid the reader in understanding contemporary cultural policy.
Drawing on a range of case studies, including analysis of the reality of work in the creative industries, urban regeneration and current government cultural policy in the UK, the book discusses the idea of value in the cultural sector, showing how value plays out in cultural organizations.
Uniquely, the book crosses disciplinary boundaries to present a thorough introduction to the subject. As a result, the book is of interest to a range of scholars across arts management, public and nonprofit management, cultural studies, sociology and political science. It also is essential reading for those working in the arts, culture and public policy. As Eleonora Belfiore, from the University of Warwick, UK, and member of Culturelink, highlights: "O'Brien's urgent, wide-ranging and original synthesis of ideas provides a limpid and challenging framework for anyone wishing to make sense of contemporary cultural policy and its importance. It will prove invaluable for those of us teaching future cultural workers and researchers as well as those in the industries or involved in the formulation of policy and its assessment".
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