Measuring Participation in the Arts in Italy

  • Annalisa Cicerchia


Over the last two decades, cultural participation has vastly changed its modes and contents. Its measurement is undergoing a thorough revision by relevant institutions, such as UNESCO and Eurostat. Today, studies on cultural participation focus today on the conscious nature of the phenomenon, and on the complex and interrelated information, communication, community, enjoyment, expression and transaction aspects. The blurred distinction between consumers and producers, the relevance of new ICTs and the easy access by virtually anyone to unprecedented amounts of cultural material, all require to be taken into serious consideration by researchers. The Italian National Statistical Institute surveys, covering over 50,000 individuals, represent an interesting case for study purposes and more so in view of the future challenges.


Cultural participation Cultural statistics Cultural sector Cultural activities Measures of well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Italian National Statistical Institute (ISTAT)RomeItaly

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