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Social Innovation, Social Enterprises and the Cultural Economy
Cultural and Artistic Social Enterprises in Practice

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ISBN 9781032378299
April 20, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Faced with a depleted planet and a series of connected crises, socially-minded agents and entities within the world of culture and the arts are reacting from within. With insights from sociology, economics, and cultural management and policy, this book aims to chronicle the journey of SMart – a cultural and artistic social enterprise now present in eight European countries – in order to illustrate such organisation’s efforts to achieve its potential for social innovation and transformation. Tackling the endemic precariousness and intermittency of work through innovative arrangements for cultural workers and artists has been central to these efforts. In many cases, however, this activism not only had a direct impact at the level of individual and collective labor, but has transformed the ways culture is ‘governed’.

Readers of this book will better understand the connection between social innovation and culture and the arts; gain awareness of the trends and transformations within the field of culture and cultural work and their connection with institutional arrangements: and critically engage with the processes, challenges and benefits of scaling up and diffusing social innovation.

The debates presented will be of relevance to scholars and students across disciplines, policy makers at both EU and national levels, practitioners and social activists.

Table of Contents

1. Culture at the Crossroads of the XXI Century Transitions 2. Social Enterprise as Vehicle for Social Innovation in Culture 3. Culture as a Field for Social Innovation and Social Enterprise 4. Diffusing Social Innovation 5. The Case of SMart: A Unique European Social Enterprise in the Field of Culture 6. Focus on Three Country Cases: Austria, Spain and Hungary 7. SMart Arrives to Austria, Spain and Hungary 8. Culture and the Arts as Companions in the Unpostponable Transitions

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Rocío Nogales Muriel is Director of the EMES International Research Network, Belgium/Spain.