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Author Williams, Frances, author

Title When was arts in health? : a history of the present / Frances Williams
Published Singapore : Palgrave Macmillan, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 154 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Intro -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Chapter 1: Who Calls Time? -- Creative Health -- Health Crisis, Culture War -- Mysterious Origins -- Wales and Northern England -- Organisation of Chapters -- Chapter 2: Dreamers, Sufferers, Builders -- What's in a Name? -- Socialist Values -- Austerity Then and Now -- Designs on Living -- Low Morale, High Art -- Chapter 3: Organisers, Survivors, Healers -- Critiques of Medicine -- Crosscurrents, Undercurrents -- Weeds and Other Misfits -- Victories and Defeats -- Chapter 4: Missionaries, Parasites, Mitigators
Closures and Openings -- A Declaration of Intent -- The Stuff of Dreams -- Culture Vultures -- Deeper Cuts -- Coda: Creative Health -- Chapter 5: Temporalities -- Chapter Summary -- Analysis: The Long 90s? -- Ground Lost -- The (Mis)placing of the North -- Workplace Settings -- Implications for Future Research -- References -- Index
Summary This book critically appraises the field of Arts in Health in the light of the recent public health crisis and so-called culture wars. A new term was coined in Britain in 2017 for this area of work by an All-Party Parliamentary Group: "creative health". Williams sets the hopeful assertion for creative health against a darker backdrop of covid nationalism and runaway inequality. Understandings of the field as a (multi)national phenomenon are examined through contested narratives that surround its origin. Using genealogical methods, Williams shows how at supra, national and local policy levels, Arts in Health is presented as an idea that transcends place and time. Arguing against this premise, post-war decades are examined to reveal hidden, mutable arts-health expressions. Examples of practice, and their recognition as such, are context dependent it is concluded, produced by political economies as well as oppositional social movements. Dr Frances Williams gained a doctoral scholarship at Manchester Metropolitan University where she studied Arts in Health in relation to devolution (2016-2019). She brings long experience of working in this field as education manager and curator, teaching MA (Arts in Health) at Glyndwr University where she is Honorary Research Fellow
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed March 22, 2023)
Subject Arts -- Therapeutic use -- Great Britain
Medicine and art -- Great Britain
Arts -- Therapeutic use.
Medicine and art.
Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789811936173