New perspectives on the role of cultural intermediaries in social inclusion in the UK

Durrer, Victoria and Miles, Steven (2009) New perspectives on the role of cultural intermediaries in social inclusion in the UK Consumption, Markets and Culture, 12 (3). pp. 225-241. ISSN 1025-3866

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Based on interviews with arts administrators responsible for addressing targeted groups labelled ‘socially excluded.’, this paper highlights new understandings of the term ‘cultural intermediary’ (Featherstone 1991; Bourdieu 2000) within art galleries and art centres. It considers the unique role of such figures in crossing the exclusion/inclusion boundary within the arts and developing more personal approaches to marketing activities in their institutions through relationship-building. While it is acknowledged here that such workers find themselves in a privileged position in being able to shape questions of taste and particular consumerist dispositions to understanding the art world, little, if not no effort has been made to understand this process. As such, there remains a void between the cultural policy-oriented conception of social inclusion, which implies a version of repairing the ‘flawed consumer’ (Bauman 2005), and the way in which such policy is played out on the ground.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural intermediary, social inclusion, consumption, art gallery
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/10253860903063238
Faculties: Faculty of Arts
Depositing User: Prof. Steven Miles
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 13:24
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 11:00

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