Social capital and participation: the role of community arts festivals for generating wellbeing

Brownett, T. (2018) Social capital and participation: the role of community arts festivals for generating wellbeing. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 9 (1). pp. 71-84. ISSN 20402465.

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Abstract

Community arts festivals have a potential role for fostering social capital and population wellbeing. This small, exploratory study collected and analysed qualitative data from eight semi-structured interviews with festival organizers. Thematic analysis was applied to the interview transcripts.

The findings suggest that festivals create bridging social capital. Festivals also stimulate self-efficacy, which facilitates participation, an emotional response, and may lead to a sense of personal wellbeing, with a living legacy for the community.

The article posits a model to articulate the suggested interrelationship between these concepts. Very little research exists about the contribution of arts festivals for community health and wellbeing. This nascent research therefore adds to the body of knowledge, and suggests the importance of developing participatory activity at local arts and cultural festivals for community health and wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology > HM1106 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Tristi Brownett
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 11:55
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 15:34
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16900

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