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Socio-economic Impacts of Culture
What Could be Potential Socio-economic Impacts of Culture?
Culture refers to characteristic patterns of attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors shared by members of a society or population. Members of a cultural group share characteristics that distinguish them from other groups. Cultural differences will affect the receptivity of a individual to indivudal education and willingness to accept information and incorporate it into his or her lifestyles. It is important to remember that even individual education interaction has a cultural dimension.
Culture is a way of living, thinking, and behaving. Culture is learned within the family and guides the ways we solve problems and live our daily lives. Ethnicity is closely related to culture, although ethnicity usually refers to a particular cultural group or race that interacts and has common interests. Often there is as much diversity within ethnic groups as between them - important to consider in the face of the current refugee crisis.
Culture includes many elements, including language, customs, beliefs, traditions, and ways of communicating. Another way of defining culture is to describe is “as the way things are done around here.” This way one can conclude that culture plays an important role and in fact causes impacts development in several different fields of our daily life. Certain of them are direct and several indirect effects of culture of which some of them are listed below:
Valued Socio-Economic Component
|Innovation and Creativity||
|Wellbeing and Health||
|Communication and interactions||
|Society and social behaviour||
The Compendium Addressing Socio-economic Impacts of Culture
Since the beginning of the Compendium project, several different socio-economic impacts of culture have been treated both as a transversal issue of relevance in different areas of cultural policy making and as a theme of specific sub-chapters in the Compendium country profiles. As a consequence, there are several strands of related information and data found in various sub-sections of individual Compendium country profiles.
Some of this content has been condensed into comparative / statistical tables that address e.g.: Gender Equality and Cultural Policies, Government Action to Implement Social and Fiscal Measures for Self-Employed Artists, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Intercultural Education, Selected Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Policies in Different Sectors, Challenges to Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Policies, Laws and Policies Supporting Main National Minority Groups, Active cultural participation in Europe, Private Sector Sponsorship, Cultural imports, exports and trade balance, European Household Recreation and Culture Expenditure, Share of cultural workers in cultural and total employment; etc.
Together with important background documents and links to research, such information can assist governments and NGOs in their efforts to start monitoring and comparing policies and related measures that aim at enhancing different socio-economic impacts of culture for different groups of the population. As well, reflection processes are supported in order to determine, in which way certain socio-economic impacts play an essential role in democratic governance as well as for a sustainable democratic society.
It is, therefore, appropriate to consider the Compendium as one of the tools to be used in processes of systematic Socio-economic Impact Assessment (SEIA), particularly as regards a broad range of culture-related impacts on policy-making.
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