Making Culture Count: The Politics of Cultural Measurement (New Directions in Cultural Policy Research)

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9781137464576: Making Culture Count: The Politics of Cultural Measurement (New Directions in Cultural Policy Research)

"Here is where the rubber meets the road: how much does a critical cultural studies have to contribute to the lived lives of culture? Read this insightful and diverse collection of perspectives on the theory, history and purposes of cultural indicators to find out. A pathway toward democratizing the measurement of culture and cultural value is mapped out in this excellent book. Scholars, policymakers and cultural activists alike will find these contributions both enlightening and useful." - Carole Rosenstein, George Mason University, USA

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Culture and cultural development are now internationally recognised as important dimensions of contemporary governance and public policy. The production of accurate and relevant data has become central to cultural policy and how the cultural lives of citizens are understood. Conceptual and practical developments in measurement tools, such as cultural indicators, have the potential to enrich our understanding of culture's role in wellbeing, vitality and citizenship. From UNESCO's benchmarks for cultural freedom, through to comparative measures of cultural provision and creative cities indices, diverse approaches to quantifying cultural value and measuring societal progress now exist. But how useful are all these measures? Are they helping us to keep track of what matters? What opportunities exist to contest, refine or democratise these systems of cultural measurement? Making Culture Count brings together diverse perspectives from scholars, policy-makers and creative practitioners to explore the burgeoning field of cultural measurement and its political implications.

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