1st Edition

Making Culture Commercialisation, Transnationalism, and the State of ‘Nationing’ in Contemporary Australia

Edited By David Rowe, Graeme Turner, Emma Waterton Copyright 2018
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    Chapter One

    The Literary Field: David Carter and Michelle Kelly, The Book Trade and the Arts Ecology: Transnationalism and Digitization in the Australian Literary Field

    Chapter Two

    The Art Field: Tony Bennett, Beyond Nation, Beyond Art? The ‘Rules of Art’ in Contemporary Australia

    Chapter Three

    Deborah Stevenson, The Australian Art Field: Fairs and Markets

    Chapter Four

    The Music Field: Shane Homan, ‘The Music Nation’: Popular Music and Australian Cultural Policy

    Chapter Five

    The Media Field: Graeme Turner, Television: Commercialization, the Decline of Nationing, and the Status of the Media Field

    Chapter Six

    The Heritage Field: Emma Waterton, A History of Heritage Policy in Australia: From Hope to Philanthropy

    Chapter Seven

    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

    Chapter Eight

    The Digital: Brett Hutchins, ‘Crossing the Technical Rubicon’: Marketizing Culture and Fields of the Digital

    Chapter Nine

    Tourism: Chris Gibson, Touring Nation: The Changing Meanings of Cultural Tourism

    Chapter Ten

    Indigeneity: Ben Dibley and Graeme Turner, Indigeneity, Cosmopolitanism and the Nation: The Project of NITV

    Chapter Eleven

    Multiculturalism: Ien Ang and Greg Noble, Making Multiculture: Australia, Culture and the Ambivalent Politics of Diversity

    Chapter 12

    Afterword: Toby Miller, Undoing the Bonds of Nation/Rediscovering Dead Souls


    David Rowe FAHA, FASSA is an Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Internationally recognised for his extensive and influential publications on sport, media and popular culture, his most recent books are Global Media Sport: Flows, Forms and Futures (2011), Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media, and the Rise of Networked Media Sport (2012), and Digital Media Sport: Technology, Power and Culture in the Network Society (2012) (both with Brett Hutchins), and (with Jay Scherer) Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost? (2014).

    Graeme Turner is an Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, at the University of Queensland. He has published 24 books in film, media, communications and cultural studies, and his work has been translated into ten languages. One of the founding figures in media and cultural studies in Australia and internationally, his primary research interests over the last decade have been focused on television and new media in the post-broadcast and digital era. His most recent books include Re-Inventing the Media (2016), Television Histories in Asia: Issues and Contexts (co-edited with Jinna Tay) (2015), a revised edition of Understanding Celebrity (2014), and Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (co-authored with Anna Cristina Pertierra) (2013)

    Emma Waterton is an Associate Professor in the Geographies of Heritage at Western Sydney University. She was a Research Councils UK (RCUK) Academic Fellow at Keele University from 2006–2010 and a DECRA Fellow at WSU from 2012–2016. Her research explores the interface between heritage, identity, memory and affect in both Australian and international contexts. She has published 19 books, including the monographs Politics, Policy and the Discourses of Heritage in Britain (2010), Heritage, Communities and Archaeology (co-authored with Laurajane Smith; 2009) and The Semiotics of Heritage Tourism (co-authored with Steve Watson; 2014).