The Social Impact of the Arts: An Intellectual History

Paperback | December 15, 2010

byEleonora Belfiore, Oliver Bennett

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Now in paperback, an intellectual history of contrasting ideas around the power of the arts to engender personal and societal change - for better and worse. A fascinating account of the value and functions of the arts in society, in the private sphere of individual emotions and self-development and public sphere of politics and social distinction.

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Now in paperback, an intellectual history of contrasting ideas around the power of the arts to engender personal and societal change - for better and worse. A fascinating account of the value and functions of the arts in society, in the private sphere of individual emotions and self-development and public sphere of politics and social ...

ELEONORA BELFIORE is Assistant Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, UK, where she teaches postgraduate courses in British and European cultural policy. Her published work explores the function of the arts in modern societies and the relation of arts policy to other forms of social and economic policy. OLI...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.55 × 5.36 × 0.57 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230273513

ISBN - 13:9780230273511

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Towards a New Approach to Researching the Social Impacts of the Arts
Corruption and Distraction
Catharsis
Personal Well-being
Education and Self-development
Moral Improvement and Civilization
Political Instrument
Social Stratification and Identity Construction
Autonomy of the Art and Rejection of Instrumentality
Conclusions
References
Index



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The aims of this book are ambitious: to nourish public debate, to reconnect us all with a rich tradition of thinking, to show how certain ideas turned into commonplace beliefs, and in the end to encourage 'a more nuanced understanding of how the arts can affect people'. This is a much-needed study, believe me, and a timely one as well: an examination of what lies behind the rhetoric, it fills a surprising gap in the fast-expanding literature on cultural policy.' - Sir Christopher Frayling, former Chairman, Arts Council England, UK; Rector, Royal College of Art   'This short book is a great read, full of fascinating material, which will provide incendiary matter for debates about the arts in society.' - Mark O'Neill, Cultural Trends'Those new to the field will find this an enormously helpful introduction, while those who are not will often be refreshed, sometimes stimulated, and occasionally irritated. What more could one ask?' - Gary Day, THES'Its great strength is to challenge readers to question their own beliefs and the necessarily ideological construction of debates about art and its value.' - Francois Matarasso, Arts Professional