Deborah StevensonJun 16, 2023
Cultural Policy Beyond the Economy
Value, Work and the Social
Edward Elgar 2023
What is the future for cultural policy? In Cultural Policy Beyond the Economy: Work, Value, and the Social (Edward Elgar, 2023), Deborah Stevenson, Professor of Sociology and Urban Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, analyses key trends on themes in contemporary cultural policy. The book covers the rise of wellbeing, the dominance of economics, sustainable development, cultural work, inequalities in cultural tastes, and cultural value. Introducing the concept of the art world complex as a frame for both understanding and defending cultural policy, the analysis sets a new agenda for the study of cultural policy. Theoretically rich and packed with empirical examples, the book will be essential reading across arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as anyone interested in culture today.
Dave O'Brien is Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries, at the University of Sheffield.