Cultures are shaped by many institutions and agencies, including governments, corporations, education and the media. In recent years, research into these culture-shaping activities has been increasingly associated with the developing field of cultural policy studies.
The Cultural Policy Review of Books offers a fascinating insight into the intellectual formation of many of the leading figures that have contributed to this field. Invited to write a short review essay on the book that had most influenced their thinking, 41 academics and researchers from around the world reveal what they consider to be essential reading.
Including essays on Bourdieu, de Certeau, Foucault, Gramsci, Habermas, and Williams, as well as many lesser known writers, the collection throws new light on the intellectual underpinning of cultural policy studies. It will be of interest not only to researchers, students and teachers in this field, but to all those looking to understand the forces that shape the culture of modern societies.
Table of Contents
1. Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life Jeremy Ahearne 2. Janet Minihan, The Nationalization of Culture: The development of state subsidies to the arts in Great Britain Eleonora Belfiore 3. James Buchan, Capital of the Mind: How Edinburgh Changed the World Peter Bendixen 4. Raymond Williams, Culture and Society 1780-1950 Oliver Bennett 5. Fred R. Myers, Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art Tony Bennett 6. Peter Hall, Cities in Civilization Franco Bianchini 7. Charles Dickens, Hard Times Chris Bilton 8. Milton C. Cummings Jr. and Richard S. Katz (eds), The Patron State: Government and the Arts in Europe, North America, and Japan Jennifer Craik 9. Joseph A. Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy Stuart Cunningham 10. Michel de Certeau, Culture in the Plural Milena Dragićević Šešić 11. Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An inquiry into a category of bourgeois society Peter Duelund 12. Tony Bennett, Culture: A Reformer's Science Lisanne Gibson 13. Anthony Storr, The Dynamics of Creation Christopher Gordon 14. Hugh Jenkins, The Culture Gap: An Experience of Government and the Arts Clive Gray 15. Russell Keat, Cultural Goods and the Limits of the Market David Hesmondhalgh 16. W. McNeil Lowry, The Performing Arts and American Society Stanley Katz 17. Howard Becker, Art Worlds Nobuko Kawashima 18. Laurie Ouellette, Viewers Like You? How Public TV Failed the People Justin Lewis 19. Joffre Dumazedier, Toward a Society of Leisure David Looseley 20. Ernst Kris and Otto Kur, Legend, Myth, and Magic in the Image of the Artist. A Historical Experiment Per Mangset 21. Naomi Klein, No Logo – Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies Jim McGuigan 22. Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks Paola Merli 23. Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics Toby Miller 24. James Heartfield, The Death of the Subject Explained Munira Mirza 25. Milton C. Cummings, Jr. and Richard S. Katz (eds), The Patron State: Government and the Arts in Europe, North America and Japan Kevin Mulcahy 26. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste Graham Murdock 27. Simon Frith, Sound Effects : youth, leisure, and the politics of rock’n’roll Andy Pratt 28. Pierre Bourdieu, The Field of Cultural Production. Essays on Art and Literature Sigrid Røyseng 29. Alan Peacock, Paying the Piper: Culture, Music and Money Michael Rushton 30. Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks Philip Schlesinger 31. John Myerscough, The Economic Importance of the Arts in Britain Sara Selwood 32. Pierre Bourdieu, The Love of Art: European Art Museums and Their Public Dorte Skot-Hansen 33. Rosemary Coombe, The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties: Authorship, Appropriation, and the Law Joost Smiers 34. Jim McGuigan, Rethinking Cultural Policy Alan Stanbridge 35. Geoff Mulgan and Ken Worpole, Saturday Night or Sunday Morning: From Arts to Industry - New Forms of Cultural Policy Deborah Stevenson 36. Richard A. Etlin, In Defense of Humanism: Value in the Arts and Letters David Throsby 37. Erika Fischer-Lichte, History of European Drama and Theatre Hans van Maanen 38. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste Geir Vestheim 39. Raymond Williams, The Long Revolution Michael Volkerling 40. Denise Meredyth and Jeffery Minsion (eds.), Citizenship and Cultural Policy Li-Jung Wang 41. Néstor García Canclini, Consumers and Citizens: Globalization and Multicultural Conflicts George Yudice
Oliver Bennett is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, UK, and founding editor of the International Journal of Cultural Policy. He has published widely on cultural policy and cultural politics.