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Title: Social Policy and Cultural Services: A Study of Scottish Border Museums as Implementers of Social Inclusion
Author(s): McCall, Vikki
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Keywords: Cultural Services
Social Inclusion
Social Policy
Museums Scottish Borders (England and Scotland) Management
Museum curators
Social integration
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Date Deposited: 23-Jun-2009
Citation: McCall V (2009) Social Policy and Cultural Services: A Study of Scottish Border Museums as Implementers of Social Inclusion. Social Policy and Society, 8 (3), pp. 319-331.
Abstract: This article examines the findings of an exploratory case study based on local authority museums in the Scottish Borders to assess the impact of social inclusion policies from the Scottish Parliament. Taken from museum curators’ perspectives, the findings suggest that social inclusion policies have not filtered through the system to reach the curators due to unclear government policy and confusion regarding terminology, strategy and guidelines. Curators found it difficult to engage with social inclusion discourse, despite employing socially inclusive actions in everyday practice. The relationship between the local community and museum was seen to be unique and multi-layered, with a perceived dimension of community ownership, which has implications for social policy on central, local and individual levels.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S1474746409004874
Rights: All rights are held with Cambridge University press as per usual agreement with journal articles for Social Policy and Society.; Published in Social Policy and Society. Copyright: Cambridge University Press / Social Policy Association. This paper has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in Social Policy and Society, Volume 8, Issue 3, July 2009, pp. 319 - 331, published by Cambridge University Press, © Cambridge University Press 2009.

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