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Cultural Participation and Participatory Cultures, 2021/22, Semester 1
Leila Jancovich
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Essential reading

Brodie, E. et al.(2009) Understanding participation : A literature review,Pathways through participation. Available at  

Carpentier, N (2015) Differentiating between access, interaction and participation Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation, vol. 2, no. 2  

Holden, J. (2006). Cultural Value and the Crisis of LegitimacyLondon, Demos.  Available online 

Jancovich 2019 The “problem” of participation in cultural policy in Cultures of Participation (2019) eds. Eriksson, B, Stage, C and Valytysson, B, London, Routledge   

Falk, M., & Katz-Gerro, T. (2016). Cultural participation in Europe: Can we identify common determinants? Journal of Cultural Economics40(2), 127–162.   

Karsten 2012. Participation Models, A chase through the maze  

Matarasso, F (2019) A Restless Art, London Calouste Gulbenkian Part 1  

Miles, A. and Gibson, L. (2016) ‘Everyday participation and cultural value’, Cultural Trends. Routledge, 25(3), pp. 151–157.  

Miller (2016): Activism vs. antagonism: Socially engaged art from Bourriaud to Bishop and beyond. Field 3 2016.   

Simon, N. (2016). The art of relevance . Santa Cruz, Calif: Museum 2.0.    

Taylor, M. (2016) Nonparticipation or different styles of participation? Alternative interpretations from Taking Part, Cultural Trends, 25(3).  

van Dijck J. Users like you? Theorizing agency in user-generated content. Media, Culture & Society. 2009;31(1):41-58. 

Vella, R and Pule M (2020) Conducting Participatory Arts Projects: A Practical Toolkit,  AMASS project, University of Lapland ISBN: 978-952-337-245-0   Additional reading


Belfiore E & Gibson L eds. (2019) Histories of Cultural Participation, Values and Governance.London, Palgrave Macmillan 

Bishop C (2012) Artificial Hells Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship , New York Verso 

Bourdieu, P. (1984) Distinction : a social critique of the judgement of taste. London Routledge

Bourriaud N (1998) Relational Aesthetics



Braden, S. (1999) Community Development and Representation, Community Development Journal Oxford University Press  

Chambers, R (2002). Participatory Workshops: a sourcebook of 21 sets of ideas and activities. Earthscan.  

Delwiche (2012) The Participatory Cultures Handbook, London, Routledge

Eriksson, B, Stage, C and Valytysson, B, eds. (2019) Cultures of Participation, London, Routledge  

Hickey and Mohan ed. (2004) Participation - From Tyranny to Transformation: Exploring New Approaches to Participation in Development LondonZed books

Fukuda-Parr and Shiva Kumar (eds) Readings in Human Development. Oxford University Press.

Harpin A and Nicholson H, 2016. Performance and Participation, Practices, Audiences, Politics.Red Globe Press

Jackson, S. (2011) Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics, Oxon, Routledge 

Kelly, O. (1984) Community, art, and the state : storming the citadels. Comedia Pub. Group in association with Marion Boyars.

Kester, G. H.(2011) The one and the many : contemporary collaborative art in a global context Durham North Carolina, Dukes University Press

O'Grady, A (2017) Risk, Participation, and Performance Practice: Critical Vulnerabilities in a Precarious World. London, Palgrave Macmillan

Putnam, R. (2000) Bowling Alone: The collapse and revival of American community. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Ranciere J The Emancipated Spectator, London, Verso

Simon, N. 2010. The Participatory Museum . Santa Cruz, Calif: Museum 2.0.

Robinson R (2015) Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation. London Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

Turino, C., Heritage, P. and Hunter, R. (2013) The point of culture : Brazil turned upside down. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.   

Journal articles

Arnstein, S. R. (1969) A Ladder of Citizen Participation Journal of the American Institute of Planners 35 216-224

Balling, G. and Kann-Christensen, N. (2013) What is a non-user?: An analysis of Danish surveys on cultural habits and participation,Cultural Trends, 22, pp. 67–76.

Bell, D. M. (2017) The Politics of Participatory Art’, Political Studies Review, 15(1).

Bianchini, F. & Borchi, A. (2018) Participation in arts activities in the context of European urban cultural policies, in Bonet & Négrier (eds.) Breaking the forth wall: proactive audiences in the performing arts, Elverum (Norway): Kunnskapsverket, p. 39–51

Bonet, L. and Négrier, E. (2018) The participative turn in cultural policy: Paradigms, models, contexts’, Poetics, 66.

Brook, O. (2016) Spatial equity and cultural participation: how access influences attendance at museums and galleries in London, Cultural Trends, 25(1), pp. 21–34.


Chou, Gagnon & Pruitt (2015) Putting participation on stage: examining participatory theatre as an alternative site for political participation, Policy Studies, 36:6, 607-622

Courty, P. & Zhang, F. J (2018) Understanding arts engagement in Chinese cities Cult Econ 42: 543.   

DiMaggio (1987) Classification in Art. American Sociological Review Vol. 52, No. 4 pp. 440-455

Evrard, Y. (1997) Democratizing Culture or Cultural Democracy? The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 27(3), pp. 167–175.

Fischer, F, (2006) Participatory Governance as Deliberative Empowerment The Cultural Politics of Discursive Space, The American Review of Public Administration, 36:1 pg 19-40

Gartman, D. (no date) ‘Culture as Class Symbolization or Mass Reification? A Critique of Bourdieu’s Distinction’, American Journal of Sociology. University of Chicago Press, pp. 421–447.

Modesto Gayo-Cal, 2006. Leisure and participation in BritainCultural Trends, 15:2-3, 175-192

Mpofu, E. et al. (2006) African Perspectives on Creativity. In J. C. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.). The International Handbook of Creativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Gilmore, A. (2013) Cold Spots, Crap Towns and Cultural Deserts: The Role of Place and Geography in Cultural Participation and Creative Place-Making, Cultural Trends, 22, pp. 86–96.

Gilmore, A. (2012) Counting eyeballs, soundbites and “plings”: arts participation, strategic instrumentalism and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, International Journal of Cultural Policy, pp. 151–167.

Hanson, C. (2013). Exploring Dimensions of Critical Reflection in Activist–Facilitator Practice. Journal of Transformative Education, 11(1), 70–89.

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

Jancovich, L 2015,  Breaking the Fourth Wall in Arts ManagementInternational Journal Arts Management 18:1, 14-28

Jancovich, L (2015) The Participation Myth International Journal of cultural policy, Volume 23, Issue 1 

Jancovich, L 2016. Building local capacity in the arts.Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. pp. 1-18.

Jancovich, L. and Hansen, L. E. (2018) ‘Rethinking participation in the Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017 project’, Cultural Trends.


Jancovich, L2019. Creative People and Places, an experiment in place based funding, Journal of Arts and communities

Johanson, K., Glow, H. and Kershaw, A. (2014) ‘New modes of arts participation and the limits of cultural indicators for local government’, Poetics, 43(1).

Kelaher, M. et al.(2014) ‘Evaluating community outcomes of participation in community arts: A case for civic dialogue’, Journal of Sociology, 50(2).

Markusen, A. and Brown, A. (2014) ‘From audience to participants: New thinking for the performing arts’, Analise Social, 49(213).

Mihelj, S., Leguina, A., & Downey, J. (2019). Culture is digital: Cultural participation, diversity and the digital divide. New Media & Society, 21(7), 1465–1485.

Murray, C 2005 Cultural Participation: A Fuzzy Cultural Policy Paradigm In: Accounting for Culture: Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship. Ottawa: Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa Press

O’Brien, D. et al.(2016) Are the creative industries meritocratic? An analysis of the 2014 British Labour Force Survey’, Cultural Trends, 0(0).

Roose & Daenekindt, 2015 Cultural Participation Trends in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition)

Rowe, G., & Frewer, L. J. (2000) Public participation methods: A frame-work for evaluation,Science, Technology & Human Values, 25(1), 3–29

Stevenson, D. (2013) ‘What’s the problem again? The problematisation of cultural participation in Scottish cultural policy’, Cultural Trends, 22

Stevenson, D., Balling, G. and Kann-Rasmussen, N. (2015) ‘Cultural participation in Europe: shared problem or shared problematisation?’, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 6632

Stevenson, D. (2016) Understanding the problem of cultural non-participation: discursive structures, articulatory practice and cultural domination. Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Stevenson D (2019) The cultural non-participant: critical logics and discursive subject identities Arts and the Market

Tan, C. (2016). Understanding creativity in East Asia: insights from Confucius’ concept of junziInternational Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, 4(1), 51–61.

Taylor, M. (2016) Nonparticipation or different styles of participation? Alternative interpretations from Taking Part,Cultural Trends Volume25 Issue 3

Van Zoonen, L. (2009) Participation and media production. Critical reflections on content creation- Edited by Nico Carpentier & Benjamin De Cleen’, Journal of Communication, 59(3), pp. E9–E12.


Anheier 2016 Cultural Participation And Inclusive Societies  A thematic report based on the Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy Council of Europe

Arts Council England (2008) The arts debate: What people want from the arts. London. Arts Council England

Blanche, R. (2014) Towards a shared responsibility for quality in the participatory arts: Key insights into conditions underpinning quality, Journal of Arts and Communities, vol. 6, , pp. 145-164.

Bollo, Pozzolo, Federico & Gordon (2009) Framework For Cultural Statistics Handbook No. 2  Measuring cultural participationFondazione Fitzcarraldo Onius.

Brown, A.S, (2004) The Values Study: Rediscovering the Meaning and Value of Arts Participation. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Brown, A.S.; Novak-Leonard, J.L. & Gilbride, S. (2011) Getting in on the act: How arts groups are creating opportunities for active participation. San Francisco, CA: The James Irvine Foundation

Crossick, G. and Kaszynska, P. (2016) Understanding the value of arts & culture: The AHRC Cultural Value Project, Arts and Humanities Research Council  (pp. 366-380) : SAGE Publications Ltd. Available online in the Library.  Community Pride Initiative (2003) Slicing Up The Pie Community Involvement In Participatory Budgeting. up the Pie.pdf

DCLG (2008) Participatory Budgeting: a draft national strategy.London. DCLG

Dodd, F., Graves, A. and Taws, K. (2008) Our Creative Talent: the voluntary and amateur arts in England.

Delaney & Keaney (2006). Cultural Participation, Social Capital and Civil Renewal in the United Kingdom: Statistical Evidence from National and International Survey Data. London: ippr

Eurostat (2016) Culture statistics 2016 edition.

Fennell, E., Gavelin, K. & Jackson, R. (2009). Participatory Budgeting and the Arts,London,Involve.

Fleming, T (2008) Crossing Boundaries The role of cross-art-form and media venues in the age of 'clicks' not 'bricks'

Keaney, E. (2006) From Access To Participation Cultural Policy And Civil Renewal. Available at:  

Holden, John (2006). Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy. Why culture needs a democratic mandate.London: Demos Available online   

Jackson, Rosario; Kabwasa-Green; Herranz, (2006). Cultural vitality in communities: interpretation and indicators. Washington D.C.: The Urban Institute.

Keaney, E. (2006) Public Value and the Arts: Literature Review, London, Arts Council England.

Keaney, E. et al.(2007) The arts debate: Summary and analysis of consultation responses. London, Arts Council England

Laaksonen, Annamari (2010).Making Culture Accessible: Access, Participation in Cultural Life and Cultural Provision in the Context of Cultural Rights in Europe.Strasbourg: Council of Europe  


Leadbeater, C (2014) The Art of With

Morrone (2006) Guidelines For Measuring Cultural ParticipationUNESCO Institute for Statistics

National Endowment for the Arts (2011). Audience 2.0: How Technology Influences Arts Participation. Washington DC: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

National Endowment for the Arts (2015) A decade of arts engagement: findings from the survey of public participation in the arts national endowment for the arts. Washington DC: NEA

Novak-Leonard, Jennifer L. and Alan S. Brown (2011). Beyond Attendance: A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation.Washington DC: NEA

Ostrower (2005) The Diversity of Cultural Participation Findings From A National Survey,The Wallace Foundation

UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2012) Measuring cultural participation.


Arts and the market

Conjunctions, Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation 

Cultural Trends

Journal of arts and communities



Useful websites

Involve - UK's leading public participation charity

Everyday Participation – major research project on what people do in their spare time

Paul Hamlyn foundation – Charitable trust with commitment to arts participation and access

Burning Man – US Festival with participatory ethos

International network on cultural participation

UNESCO international body promoting participation and development

European Commission collecting statistics on participation

This list was last updated on 12/08/2021