By Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw
Accounting for tradition is a different choice of essays from top Canadian and foreign students that seriously examines cultural citizenship, cultural symptoms, and governance within the context of evolving cultural practices and cultural policy-making. will probably be of serious curiosity to students of cultural coverage, communications, cultural reviews, and public management alike.
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The purpose of this chapter, therefore, is to explore the nature of culture and to argue that the real purpose for policy intervention in the cultural sector is to increase the capacity of citizens to govern themselves. In other words, this chapter explores the building blocks of cultural citizenship. It should be noted here at the outset that this chapter will not talk about the personal uses that culture is put to. Both consumers and participants in culture, arts, and heritage obtain private benefits such as enjoyment, enlightenment, and self-actualization.
How does the community see time, nutrition, spirituality, the environment, symbols, and images? • How does the community communicate and what values are communicated? • How widely are cultural values shared? Are there several sets of values at work? Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship 17 5. How can the development of social capital work with cultural values and resources? • What are the cultural values which benefit or hinder the development of social capital? • How can cultural processes promote equitable relationships and foster inclusive approaches which enable all sectors of the community to participate and benefit?
In fact, they may even be its advocates. They experiment with meaning, and if we (or at least our teachers) pay attention to the arts, we will be influenced by them. If they are our own arts, created by artists who are working within our own cultural ambiance, the new tools and resources they develop will be easier for us to appropriate than the new information from outside, because, even though they are themselves new information, they arise out of a tradition we all share in common. The consumption of culture (C) also cultivates within us a greater critical capacity to read between the lines of any new idea or concept, and to assess it for its relevance to our lives.