Making Culture provides an in-depth discussion of Australia’s relationship between the building of national cultural identity – or ‘nationing’ – and the country’s cultural production and consumption. With the 1994 national cultural policy Creative Nation as a starting point for many of the essays included in this collection, the book investigates transformations within Australia’s various cultural fields, exploring the implications of nationing and the gradual movement away from it. Underlying these analyses are the key questions and contradictions confronting any modern nation-state that seeks to develop and defend a national culture while embracing the transnational and the global.
Including topics such as publishing, sport, music, tourism, art, Indigeneity, television, heritage and the influence of digital technology and output, Making Culture is an essential volume for students and scholars within Australian and Cultural studies.
Introduction: Making Culture
David Rowe, Graeme Turner and Emma Waterton
Part One: The Cultural Fields
The Literary Field: David Carter and Michelle Kelly, The Book Trade and the Arts Ecology: Transnationalism and Digitization in the Australian Literary Field
The Art Field: Tony Bennett, Beyond Nation, Beyond Art? The ‘Rules of Art’ in Contemporary Australia
Deborah Stevenson, The Australian Art Field: Fairs and Markets
The Music Field: Shane Homan, ‘The Music Nation’: Popular Music and Australian Cultural Policy
The Media Field: Graeme Turner, Television: Commercialization, the Decline of Nationing, and the Status of the Media Field
The Heritage Field: Emma Waterton, A History of Heritage Policy in Australia: From Hope to Philanthropy
The Sport Field: David Rowe, The Sport Field in Australia: The Market, The State, The Nation and the World Beyond in Pierre Bourdieu’s Favourite Game.
Part Two: Across Cultural Fields
The Digital: Brett Hutchins, ‘Crossing the Technical Rubicon’: Marketizing Culture and Fields of the Digital
Tourism: Chris Gibson, Touring Nation: The Changing Meanings of Cultural Tourism
Indigeneity: Ben Dibley and Graeme Turner, Indigeneity, Cosmopolitanism and the Nation: The Project of NITV
Multiculturalism: Ien Ang and Greg Noble, Making Multiculture: Australia, Culture and the Ambivalent Politics of Diversity
Afterword: Toby Miller, Undoing the Bonds of Nation/Rediscovering Dead Souls