Karaoke Together vs. Bowling Alone: Scenes Illuminate how Western Rules can be Transformed to Drive Development and Democracy

Can Tocqueville Karaoke? Global Contrasts of Citizen Participation, the Arts and Development

ISBN: 978-1-78190-736-8, eISBN: 978-1-78190-737-5

ISSN: 1479-3520

Publication date: 15 July 2014

Abstract

What drives workplace and political collaboration, democracy, trust, economic and population growth? Or protest against them? The Western models emerging from Putnam, Verba et al., Florida, Glaeser, Lloyd, Scott, and Porter stress variables that sometimes shift dramatically in Asia. Those relying on individualism and personal initiative, from Tocqueville on – which stress participation as driving legitimacy, and bohemia as innovating – often fail or shift drastically in a new study of related dynamics in China, Korea, and Japan, compared to the United States, Canada, France, and Spain. Karaoke restaurants and bars can play critical roles, reinforcing workplace and family solidarity, while organized groups shift in their dynamics from the West. We are constructing a multilevel interpretative framework specifying how cultural, political, and economic dynamics interpenetrate in distinct but varying combinations. How engaged or alienated are young persons, workers, and the general public shift other processes. Arts and culture can build glamour and charisma, or alienate as transgressive and inauthentic; each varies by context.

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Clark, T., Anderson, C., Byun, M., Jang, W., Kim, S., Kobayashi, Y., Lee, J., Navarro Yáñez, C., Silver, D. and Wu, D. (2014), "Karaoke Together vs. Bowling Alone: Scenes Illuminate how Western Rules can be Transformed to Drive Development and Democracy", Can Tocqueville Karaoke? Global Contrasts of Citizen Participation, the Arts and Development (Research in Urban Policy, Vol. 11), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 15-30. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-352020140000011014

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