Instrumentalism and the 'helping' discourse : Australian indigenous performing arts and policy

Glow, Hilary and Johanson, Katya 2009, Instrumentalism and the 'helping' discourse : Australian indigenous performing arts and policy, International journal of cultural policy, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 315-329.

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Title Instrumentalism and the 'helping' discourse : Australian indigenous performing arts and policy
Author(s) Glow, HilaryORCID iD for Glow, Hilary
Johanson, KatyaORCID iD for Johanson, Katya
Journal name International journal of cultural policy
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 315
End page 329
Total pages 15
Publisher Overseas Publishers Association
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 1028-6632
Keyword(s) instrumentalism
indigenous performing arts
Australian public policies
Summary Indigenous arts are significant to the way Australia is represented to the world. Since the early 19705 Indigenous cultural policies, at both federal and state levels, have helped to shape the development of Indigenous performing arts in Australia. Over this period, cultural policies, in confluence with the aims of Indigenous artists and civil rights activists, have produced and reproduced instrumentalist rationales for the support of Indigenous arts. In particular, the sector has deployed <helping' rationales for cultural policies which focus on social and economic outcomes. This article addresses current debates around the instrumentalist purposes of cultural policy and the participation of Indigenous practitioners in reproducing the 'helping' discourse. The article, however, finds evidence of a recent break in the consensus which sees some Indigenous artists resisting the historical imperative for their arts practice to be exclusively focused on instrumentalist outcomes.
Language eng
Field of Research 160502 Arts and Cultural Policy
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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