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Understanding Everyday Participation

A new film ‘Understanding Everyday Participation’ is being broadcast today via the AHRC’s website and YouTube channel, to coincide with a high profile Parliamentary event highlighting the AHRC-led ‘Connected Communities’ research programme.

The event on the AHRC-led, Cross-Research Council, Connected Communities programme, is to raise awareness of the impact and benefits of publicly-funded research with parliamentarians, peers, business and academia.

The new AHRC film, which presents the work of Dr Andrew Miles of Manchester University, will be shown on an AHRC stand at this evening’s event.

The film shines a light on the project: ‘Understanding Everyday Participation – Articulating Cultural Values’ which, Dr Andrew Miles says: ‘proposes a radical re-evaluation of the relationship between participation and cultural value’.

The newly launched research project sees a multidisciplinary team of experts drawn from history, the social sciences, and cultural policy at the universities of Manchester, Leicester, Exeter and Warwick joining together with leading policy researchers in the cultural sector. The project is supported by 16 national and local partners, including Arts Council England, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and the Working Men’s Clubs and Institutes Union.

The research will focus on six contrasting 'cultural ecosystems' (Manchester, Peterborough, Gateshead and Dartmoor in England, and Aberdeen and Stornoway in Scotland) to investigate the connections between understandings of community, cultural value, the creative economy and everyday participation.

The film was shot in the neighbouring boroughs of Cheetham Hill and Broughton in Manchester and Salford (respectively). The film is introduced by Dr Andrew Miles who, at this early stage, sets out the research and what its main aims and objectives are.

The film goes on to meet and introduce several people who live and work in the Cheetham Hill and Broughton areas to find out about some of the activities, hobbies and cultural activities undertaken by people living and working in the area.

The film concludes with Andrew’s vision of what he hopes this four year research project will achieve: ‘What we want to achieve in terms of policy is a more democratic understanding of participation. Democratic Culture has been understood, up until now, in terms of giving people better access to established institutions. We would like to shift the balance in the opposite direction and get greater recognition for the importance of activities that people feel matter to them.’

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05/12/2012 7.04