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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarginalisation and Events 1st Edition
EditorsTrudie Walters, Allan Jepson
Place of PublicationAbington
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429506697
ISBN (Print)9781138583566
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Event Research Series


This chapter provides an insight into a much larger longitudinal study into the potential benefits of participatory arts events for the over 70s in rural communities in Hertfordshire, the United Kingdom. In order to achieve this, the chapter gives an overview of literature into how older communities in the United Kingdom (especially in rural areas) are becoming increasingly marginalised. The chapter begins by introducing the reader to the current situation in relation to older people in the United Kingdom. Following this, literature is explored in relation to the particular psychosocial impacts faced by the over 70s, collective bonding and memory creation, and the potential
of arts and creative events as critical intervention to degenerative diseases. Following the review of literature, the chapter explores suitable methodologies
and methods to investigate the potential of participatory arts events for the over 70s including using reminiscence interviews and measuring electrodermal activity (EDA). The final sections of the chapter provide some intermediate findings from the case study on participatory arts events in rural areas of Hertfordshire, the United Kingdom; concluding remarks for policymakers in the United Kingdom with respect to the potential of participatory arts events and the over 70s; and a conceptual framework for future projects in this important area of research.

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