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Beyond Resilience: Learning from the cultural economy

Pratt, A.C. ORCID: 0000-0003-2215-9648 (2018). Beyond Resilience: Learning from the cultural economy. In: Cooke, P. & Lazzeretti, L. (Eds.), The Role of Art and Culture for Regional and Urban Resilience. . Oxford, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2016.1272549


The aim of this paper has been to address the apparent paradox that culture has been the high profile victim of funding cuts in the period of austerity; at the same time culture has prospered. Is culture then the ‘poster child for resilience’? The paper seeks to de-couple the notion from neo-liberalism and austerity. It counters with an argument that resilience as a concept is relational, it does not have a unitary meaning and its forms will change depending on context (that is the cultural field, and the field of governance). Hence, the strange survival of culture is explained not by austerity, but by the dynamism of the cultural field. However, this disjunction between governance and culture also carried a number of risks and problems.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Role of Art and Culture for Regional and Urban Resilience on 2 Jan 2018, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Austerity, Neo-Liberalism, Cultural Economy, Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Culture & the Creative Industries
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