Arts, Health and Well-Being: A Critical Perspective on Research, Policy and Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Arts, Health and Well-Being

A Critical Perspective on Research, Policy and Practice, 1st Edition

By Norma Daykin


104 pages

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Hardback: 9780367404178
pub: 2019-09-20
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This important book develops a critical understanding of the bridging of arts and health domains, drawing on models and perspectives from social sciences to develop the case for arts and health as a social movement. This interdisciplinary perspective offers a new research agenda that can help to inform future developments and sustainability in arts, health and wellbeing.

Daykin begins with an overview of the current evidence base and a review of current challenges for research, policy and practice. Later chapters explore the international field of health and the arts, arts, health and wellbeing as a social movement, and boundary work and the role of boundary objects in the field. The book also includes sections summarising research findings and evidence in arts and health research, and examples from specific research projects conducted by the author, chosen to highlight particularly widespread challenges across many arts, health and wellbeing contexts.

Arts, Health and Well-Being: A Critical Perspective on Research, Policy and Practice is valuable reading for students in sociology, psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatry, public health and policy makers and practitioners in these fields.


Professor Norma Daykin is one of our most experienced and respected arts and health academics and her work is highly valued by everyone involved in this burgeoning area of practice, research and policy. The book is characterised by great clarity of thought and a deep understanding of the history of the field. It is particularly timely that Norma offers a new lens on our work with her focus on social movement theory as we build on the current momentum in the UK and internationally

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The international field of arts, health and wellbeing

Chapter 3. research and evidence

Chapter 4. Arts for health and community wellbeing: Examples from selected research studies

Chapter 5. Arts, health and wellbeing as a social movement.

Chapter 6. Boundary work and boundary objects in arts and health

Chapter 7. Conclusions and implications for future research

About the Author

Norma Daykin is Professor in New Social Research at Tampere University, Finland, Professor Emerita in Arts in Health at the University of the West of England, UK and a visiting Professor in Arts as Wellbeing at the University of Winchester, UK. She is a social scientist known for her award-winning research on arts, health and wellbeing. Her research has spanned a wide range of methodologies and topics, from the impact of hospital design on patient wellbeing through to the impact of participatory arts in mental health, primary care, community and justice settings.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology