Tensions, strategies, and expectations : neoliberalism and community arts agencies in Aotearoa New Zealand : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Sociology at Massey University, Albany, New Zealand

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This research explores the relationship between neoliberalism, political artistic practice (artistic formalism), and organisational form. It identifies the emergence of a new kind of organisational form as being significant for the mediation of neoliberal governance and political art: the community-based cultural organisation (Aimers, 2005). A case study is presented of this new form of art agency. That case study builds through a research design involving the thematic analysis of interviews undertaken of key personnel in such an agency. The findings of that case study suggest that neoliberal policy has changed how the agency organises itself to meet its goals and the goals outlined in the sector policy. The implications of those findings include; increased awareness about the new arts agency and the socio-politico-economic position they occupy; a call for sector participants seeking change to consider the role of form in how they organise; and, for there to be greater consideration of how the arts and culture sector is organised through policy in light of the impact of neoliberalism.
Neoliberalism -- Social aspects, Arts and society -- Europe -- 20th century, Art and state -- New Zealand, New Zealand -- Cultural policy, Arts -- New Zealand -- Management, Community arts projects -- New Zealand -- Management -- Case studies