The Role of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Forming and Informing Responses to Contemporary Social Change

By Kevin Albertson, Matthew Pateman, Katherine Albertson, Ashley Barnes and David Peplow.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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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 paradigms of political-economy. Current political discourse emphasizes 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

Keywords: Neo-Liberalism, Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Political-Economy, Humanities, Social sciences, Political economy

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 11, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.29-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: June 15, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 891.172KB)).

Dr. Kevin Albertson

Reader in Economics, MMU Business School Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Matthew Pateman

Professor of Popular Aesthetics, Department of Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Dr. Katherine Albertson

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Law and Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Ashley Barnes

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Law and Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

David Peplow

Lecturer in English Language, Department of Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK