Introduction: The Problem of Partnerships Between Galleries and Youth Organisations

  • Nicola Sim
Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)


This chapter makes the case for critically examining partnership work between galleries and youth organisations. It sets out the challenges that typically face partners, as well as the potential rewards of this type of collaborative work. Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of fields is introduced as a framework for analysing distinct occupational cultures and traditions, and the conflicts that arise when different fields come together. Bourdieu’s concept of ‘symbolic violence’ is also introduced as a core issue in partnerships involving marginalised young people, where there are uneven distributions of power and agency. This chapter offers examples of key partnership literature that currently exists and identifies why a specific examination of relations between the visual arts and youth sectors is needed and relevant today.


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  • Nicola Sim
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  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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