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By Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw

Accounting for tradition is a different choice of essays from major Canadian and overseas students that significantly examines cultural citizenship, cultural symptoms, and governance within the context of evolving cultural practices and cultural policy-making. will probably be of serious curiosity to students of cultural coverage, communications, cultural stories, and public management alike.

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In fact, governments tax it. Why do we have the notion that every society should have a culture of its own, and why do we get nervous when it is threatened? The reason is that culture is not just about artistic creation and performance, or about museums and art galleries, it is also about what we believe are proper actions and choices. 5 If one segment of society (say, the elite) has a disproportionate role in defining legitimate culture, then it will have a disproportionate influence over the choices people make and the courses of action they believe are available to them.

Indicators: "Measuring Culture" or Cultural Mapping? C. This project sought to develop indicators through a better understanding of arts and culture, cultural institutions, artists in inner-city neighbourhoods and communitybuilding contexts, and to assess the existing data collection practices among the community-based and mainstream arts and culture organizations. According to the project's principal researcher, a Toronto-based teacher and consultant, Dr. Arnold Love: • Mainstream definitions of "the arts" exclude the culture and values of many groups that live in the inner city and many expressions of artistic creativity have not been understood as art or culture; • Arts and culture should not be viewed only as products to be consumed but also as processes and systems that are part of the life of the community; • Cultural participation should be measured along a "continuum of cultural participation and not only as audience participation; • Cultural activities are found in mainstream cultural venues and also in many other community locations; and • "Indigenous venues of validation" must be understood by using ethnographic research methods before appropriate indicator categories can be created.

Culture embodies not only the past (habit, custom, heritage, and tradition) but also the future (plans, hopes, goals, and targets). It enables the collectivity to model a future for itself and develop consensus around solutions and action strategies. Culture provides a community with the symbolic resources needed "to debate, contest, and oppose vital directions for collective social life as they wish ... " Amartya Sen argues the same thing when he identifies culture as a critical contributor to the capacity for political participation, social solidarity and association and social evolution.

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