The role of the arts, humanities, and social sciences in forming and informing responses to contemporary social change

Kevin Albertson, Matthew Pateman, Katherine Elizabeth Albertson, Ashley Barnes, David Peplow

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Abstract

Modern, liberal societies face a number of overarching challenges: demographic changes; increasing inequality; unemployment and under-employment; political instability; austerity; and ecological, social, and economic unsustainability are challenging established p a rad ig ms of political-economy. Cu rrent po litical discourse emphasises market-based approaches to these stressors: we contend it is rather the disciplines of the social sciences, arts, and humanities that have more to say about the resolution of these externalities. In the following we seek to broaden the discourse regarding the role of these disciplines in interpreting and beginning to address social challenges. Our consideration of human values as a complement of monetary values is illustrated practically by three indicative projects conducted by the authors. In each case, we focus on the qualitative impact of these disciplines' approaches on the participants and their environment. We suggest these activities have transformative potential through providing a platform for reflexion, collaboration, and the building of communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-46
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Neo-liberalism
  • Political-economy
  • Social science

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