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Making the Case for Art and Culture: Persistent Challenges

  • Peter CampbellEmail author
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Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)

Abstract

Many emphasise the need for evidence to substantiate the role played by art and culture. Despite much activity to generate such evidence, arguments regarding the need to improve this evidence base persist. This chapter presents findings on evidence production between 2006 and 2014, considering what this evidence seeks to demonstrate, and the persistent challenges faced in its production. These involve a lack of resources, a focus on short-term, or exclusively economic outcomes, and a lack of clarity regarding the terms of research. Despite these challenges, certain positions regarding the role played by art and culture persist, suggesting that the role evidence plays in substantiating such positions is a complex one.

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