Cultural Playing Field

Understanding Everyday Participation by Robin Simpson
March 21, 2013, 2:35 pm
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I was back in London on Wednesday for a meeting of the Understanding Everyday Participation research project steering group. The project website is now up and running at: and it explains that “This project proposes a radical re-evaluation of the relationship between participation and cultural value. We are used to thinking about the benefits of the arts as a traditional way of understanding culture and its value but what about the meanings and stakes people attach to their hobbies and pastimes? Can we speak of supposedly mundane activities like shopping, taking the dog for a walk, or meeting up with friends as having cultural worth?” A major part of the project will be in-depth, face-to-face interviews with people in each of 6 geographical ecosystems. There will be 180 initial interviews which will be repeated later in the project to reveal any longitudinal change. On Wednesday we looked in detail at the draft interview topic guide and suggested amendments and additions to the planned interview questions. We also considered a proposal for analysis of existing quantitative data collected by the Taking Part survey in England.

Robin Simpson.

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