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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-102
JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Early online date12 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Conflict during the creative development process of community cultural
development projects is inevitable (Adam and Goldbard 2001), yet through the
productive use of power (Foucault 1977, 1980, 1982) new knowledge can be
created for the festival organization, the community, and individual participants.
In this article I identify power/knowledge relations within the Queensland Music
Festival community cultural development project Behind the Cane, a three-year
project with the South Sea Islander community in Bowen, Queensland, Australia,
through a narrative analysis of different stories that my participants told about
the project. These stories emphasize strategic and disciplinary power during the
creative development process of Behind the Cane, as well as the power of the story and the performance itself and what it meant to the local community and the festival organization. From these stories I explain how new knowledge was
created within the community as well as the festival organization.

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