The Occasional Papers (tOPICS)

The latest tOPICS paper is on ‘Resilience’ (opens in a new window)(PDF, 923KB) and is authored by Philippa Collin, Louise Crabtree, Stephen Healy and Paul James (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University) and Simone Fullagar (University of Bath).

New Books

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

By David Rowe, Graeme Turner, Emma Waterton

Making Culture (opens in a new window) 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.

The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies

By Peter Howard, Ian Thompson, Emma Waterton, Mick Atha

This new edition of The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies (opens in a new window) contains an updated and expanded selection of original chapters which explore research directions in an array of disciplines sharing a concern for ‘landscape’, a term which has many uses and meanings. It features 33 revised and/or updated chapters and 14 entirely new chapters on topics such as the Anthropocene, Indigenous landscapes, challenging landscape Eurocentrisms, photography and green infrastructure planning.

The volume is divided into four parts: Experiencing landscape; Landscape, heritage and culture; Landscape, society and justice; and Design and planning for landscape. Collectively, the book provides a critical review of the various fields related to the study of landscapes, including the future development of conceptual and theoretical approaches, as well as current empirical knowledge and understanding. It encourages dialogue across disciplinary barriers and between academics and practitioners, and reflects upon the implications of research findings for local, national and international policy in relation to landscape.

The Companion provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to current thinking about landscapes, and serves as an invaluable point of reference for scholars, researchers and graduate students alike.

Disability and Neoliberal State Formations

By Karen Soldatic

Cover of Disability and Neoliberal State FormationsDisability and Neoliberal State Formations (opens in a new window)explores the trajectory of neoliberalism in Australia and its impact on the lives of Australians living with disability, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It examines the emergence, intensification and normalisation of neoliberalism across a 20-year period, distilling the radical changes to disability social security and labour-market law, policy and programming, and the enduring effects of the incremental tightening of disability eligibility carried out by Australian governments since the early 2000s.

Incorporating qualitative interviews with disabled people, disability advocates, services and the policy elite, alongside extensive documentary material, this book brings to the fore the compounding effects of neoliberal reforms for disabled people’s wellbeing and participation. The work is of international significance as it illustrates the importance of looking beyond the UK, EU and the USA to critically understand the historical development and policy mobility of disability neoliberal retraction from smaller economies, such as Australia, to the global economic centre.

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Book Giveaway

To mark 20 years since Princess Diana's death, ICS is giving away limited copies of Planet Diana: Cultural Studies and Global Mourning, edited by ICS researcher Prof. Ien Ang with contributions from ICS Adjunct Zoe Sofoulis. Email our office(opens in a new window) for a free copy of the book.


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