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Building Better SocietiesPromoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart$
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Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie, and Simon Winlow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447332022

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447332022.001.0001

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Artfully thinking the prosocial

Artfully thinking the prosocial

(p.81) Seven Artfully thinking the prosocial
Building Better Societies

Deborah Warr

Gretel Taylor

Richard Williams

Policy Press

This chapter explores how arts-based activities form part of an experimental approach for social research that fuses sociological insights with creative practice. As an ethos, people conceive the prosocial as seeking to promote collective human flourishing, while a prosocial practice is inclusive and imaginative. The potential to flourish is supported by involvement in diverse social relations that connect people as families, friends, communities, neighbourhoods, and nations. Experiences of social collectivity, however, are being shredded through the expanding dominance, and cascading impacts, of market-oriented ideologies. The chapter shows how the status of the social as a nonmarket domain has little value or sense when seen from within these dominant ideological framings.

Keywords:   arts-based activity, social research, prosocial, creative practice, human flourishing, market-oriented ideology

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