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By Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw

Many students, practitioners, and policy-makers within the cultural area argue that Canadian cultural coverage is at a crossroads: that the surroundings for cultural policy-making has developed considerably and that conventional rationales for country intervention now not apply.

The inspiration of cultural citizenship is a relative newcomer to the cultural coverage panorama, and gives a probably compelling substitute intent for presidency intervention within the cultural zone. Likewise, the articulation and use of cultural signs and of governance recommendations also are new arrivals, rising as possibly robust instruments for coverage and software development.

Accounting for tradition is a distinct selection of essays from top Canadian and overseas students that significantly examines cultural citizenship, cultural symptoms, and governance within the context of evolving cultural practices and cultural policy-making. will probably be of significant curiosity to students of cultural policy,...

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The challenge for us, in the cultural movement, is the same. It is not simply (or even) to define “culture” in a universally acceptable form but, rather, to define its relationship—tension, conflict, reciprocity—the broader and bigger-picture issues of economic development, community regeneration, social inclusion, diversity, convivencia (learning how to live together) and, ultimately, that elusive, but measurable, quality of life. When we have done that then we can begin to claim that, for the cultural field, we have brought together indicators, governance, and the strategic place of culture in public policy within a unified conceptual horizon within which an enlarged and enriched concept and ambition of citizenship is the central landmark and stake.

Based on her review of studies from the United States, she argues that there is no conceptual research base for work on indicators. Given their importance, this is definitively a research priority. Poirier also makes an argument for more research on indicators with his analysis of the adéquation between the objectives of Quebec cultural policy and the indicators used to examine it. Clearly more work needs to be done on establishing indicators that can correspond to the social, national, and identity-building objectives of the policy.

Accounting for Culture: Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship edited by Caroline Andrew Monica Gattinger M. Sharon Jeannotte Will Straw The University of Ottawa Press is grateful for the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage in the publication of this book. Cover photograph and design: Kevin Matthews Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Accounting for Culture: thinking through cultural citizenship / edited by Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, and Will Straw.

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