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Contemporary Issues in Arts and Culture, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Alice Borchi
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Bakhshi, H., Freeman, A. and Higgs, P. 2012. A dynamic mapping of the UK’s creative industries. London: Nesta. Available online:

Belfiore, E. 2004. Auditing culture The subsidised cultural sector in the New Public Management. The International Journal of Cultural Policy10 ( 2), pp.183–202.

Bain, A. McLean, H. 2013. ‘The artistic precariat’, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6, 93–111.

Belfiore, E. & Bennett, O. 2007. Rethinking the Social Impacts of the Arts. International Journal of Cultural Policy , 13 (2), pp.135–151.

Belfiore, E. (2009). On bullshit in cultural policy practice and research: notes from the British case. The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632, 15(3), 343–359.

Bell, D. and Oakley, K. (2015) Cultural policy ISBN: 9780415665001 (hardback); 9780415665018 (paperback); 9780203129975 (ebook). London: Routledge

Bishop, C. 2006. Participation. London: Whitechapel.

Borchi, A. 2018. ‘Culture as commons: theoretical challenges and empirical evidence from occupied cultural spaces in Italy’, Cultural trends. ISSN: 0954-8963, 27(1), 33 – 45.

Campbell, P. (2019). Persistent Creativity: Making the Case for Art, Culture and the Creative Industries. Palgrave Macmillan.  

Conner, L. 2013. Audience engagement and the role of arts talk in the digital era. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Crossick, G. and Kaszynska, P. 2014. Under construction: towards a framework for cultural value. Cultural trends.23 (2), pp.120–131.

Crossick, G., & Kaszynska, P. (2016). Understanding the value of arts & culture. Swindon: Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Department for Culture Media and Sport. 2007. Culture on demand: ways to engage a broader audience. London: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Available online:

Eno, B. 2015. John Peel Lecture: On culture, pride and not. London: BBC. Available from:

Evans, G. 2009. Creative Cities, Creative Spaces and Urban Policy. Urban Studies 46 (5-6), pp.1003–1040.

Evans, M. 2015 Artwash : big oil and the arts ISBN: 9781783713332(e-book). Pluto Press

Freshwater, H. 2009. Theatre & audience. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. 

Gill, R. & Pratt, A. 2008. Precarity and Cultural Work In the Social Factory? Immaterial labour, precariousness and cultural work. Theory, culture & society25 (7-8), pp.1–30.

Hesmondhalgh, D. & Pratt, A. C. 2005. Cultural industries and cultural policy. International Journal of Cultural Policy 11 (1), pp.1–13.

Hesmondhalgh, D. & Baker, S. 2010. “A very complicated version of freedom”: Conditions and experiences of creative labour in three cultural industries. Poetics38 (1), pp.4–20.

Jancovich, L. 2011. Great art for everyone? Engagement and participation policy in the arts. Cultural trends., 20 (3–4), pp.271–279.


Kaufman, J. C., & Beghetto, R. A. (2009). Beyond Big and Little: The Four C Model of Creativity. Review of General Psychology, 13(1), 1–12.

Mathews, V. (2010). Aestheticizing space: art, gentrification and the city. Geography compass. ISSN: 1749-8198, 4(6), 660–675.

Mould, O. 2018. Against creativity ISBN: 9781786636492; 9781786636461 (UK ebk); 9781786636485 (export); 9781786636478 ((US ebk). London: Verso.

Oakley, K. 2007. Include us out: economic development and social policy in the creative industries. Cultural trends.15 (4), pp.255–273.

Oakley, K. 2009. From bohemia to Britart: art students over 50 years. Cultural Trends 18 (4), pp.281–294.

O’Brien, D. 2010. Measuring the value of culture: a report to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. London: DCMS. Available online:

O’Brien, D. and Oakley, K. 2015. Cultural value and inequality: a critical literature review. London: Arts and Humanities Research Council. Available online:

O’Connor, J. 2010. The cultural and creative industries : a literature review ISBN: 9781907264054 (pbk.): a literature review (2nd ed.). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Creativity, Culture and Education. Available online:    

O’Connor, J., & Gu, X. 2010. Developing a creative cluster in a postindustrial City: CIDS and Manchester. Information Society26 (2), pp.124–136.

Pratt, A C. 2009. Urban regeneration: from the arts “feel good” factor to the cultural economy: a case study of Hoxton, London. Urban Studies 46 (5–6), pp.1041–1061.

Reason, M. 2010. Asking the audience: audience research and the experience of theatre. About performance.. 10, pp.15–34.

Ritzer, G. and N. Jurgenson. 2010. Production, consumption, prosumption: the nature of capitalism in the age of the digital prosumer. Journal of consumer culture.10 (3), pp.13–36.

Saha, A. (2017). The Politics of Race in Cultural Distribution: Addressing Inequalities in British Asian Theatre.

Saha, A. (2018). Race and the cultural industries ISBN: 9781509505302 hardback; 150950530X hardback; 9781509505319 paperback; 1509505318 paperback. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Stark, P., Gordon, C. and Powell, D. 2013. Rebalancing our cultural capital: a contribution to the debate on national policy for the arts and culture in England. Available online: 

Vuyk, K. 2010. The arts as an instrument? Notes on the controversy surrounding the value of art. The international journal of cultural policy.16 (2), pp.173–183.

Walmsley, B. 2013. Whose value is it anyway? A neo-institutionalist approach to articulating and evaluating artistic value. Journal of arts and communities. 4(3), pp.199–215.

Walmsley, B. 2014. Understanding audiences and marketing theater. In: O’Reilly, D., Rentschler, R. and Kirchner, T. eds. The Routledge companion to Arts Marketing. Oxon; New York: Routledge, pp.375–383.

Walmsley. B. ed. 2011. Key issues in the arts and entertainment industry. Oxford: Goodfellow


This list was last updated on 06/08/2020