For the latest publications by ICS researchers see our Monthly Publications List.
The Occasional Papers, Institute for Culture and Society (tOPICS)
The latest tOPICS papers are:
- Tony Bennett (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University) and Modesto Gayo (Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile), For the Love (or Not) of Art in Australia (opens in a new window)(PDF, 550KB).
- Modesto Gayo (Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile), Cultural Capital Reproduction in the UK (opens in a new window)(PDF, 711KB)
- Alejandro Miranda (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University), Continuity, Change and the Circulation of Social Practices (opens in a new window)(PDF, 944KB).
Global Cities and Urban Theory
By Donald McNeill
Global Cities and Urban Theory provides an innovative set of approaches to understanding some of the world's major cities, working with concepts such as smart cities, volumetric urbanism, and critical accounting to illustrate the everyday agents and practices that place cities in the world.
Donald McNeill draws on detailed discussions of major cities such as London, San Francisco, Paris and Singapore to provide a deep understanding of how urban theory can be grounded in the cultural economies of urban development. The book:
- Reviews the insights of key thinkers such as Bruno Latour, Mike Davis, and Jane M. Jacobs in relation to specific cities.
- Highlights methodological and epistemological notes on each theme.
- Provides case studies of nine key global cities, examined in the context of specific material and spatial practices.
Essential reading for upper level students and researchers across urban studies, urban geography, urban sociology and urban policy.
For more information, visit the Sage website (opens in a new window).
Heritage in Action: Making the Past in the Present
Edited by Helaine Silverman, Emma Waterton and Steve Watson
In this textbook we see heritage in action in indigenous and vernacular communities, in urban development and regeneration schemes, in expressions of community, in acts of nostalgia and memorialisation and counteracts of forgetting, in museums and other spaces of representation, in tourism, in the offices of those making public policy, and in the politics of identity and claims toward cultural property.
Whether renowned or local, tangible or intangible, the entire heritage enterprise, at whatever scale, is by now inextricably embedded in "value".
The global context requires a sanguine approach to heritage in which the so-called critical stance is not just theorised in a rarefied sphere of scholarly lexical gymnastics, but practically engaged and seen to be doing things in the world.
For more information, visit the Springer website (opens in a new window).