The Occasional Papers

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The Occasional Papers, Institute for Culture and Society (tOPICS) provides an opportunity for our researchers, visitors and late-candidature research higher degree students to trial their work online. Its authors will, therefore, be in a position to receive feedback before, if desired, making final adjustments prior to submission to publishing outlets such as peer-reviewed journals. We request that any use of, and quotation from, tOPICS fully acknowledges the work.

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Editorial Team

Please direct any general enquiries about tOPICS to Malini Sur.

The Occasional Papers, Institute for Culture and Society Vol. 9 (2018)

Paper no. 1: Philippa Collin (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University), Louise Crabtree (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University), Simone Fullagar (University of Bath), Stephen Healy (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University) and Paul James (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University), ‘Resilience’ (opens in a new window), (PDF, 923KB).

The Occasional Papers, Institute for Culture and Society Vol. 8 (2017)

Paper no. 2: Paul James (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University), On Being Religious: Towards an Alternative Theory of Religion and Secularity (opens in a new window)(PDF,1.1MB).

Paper no. 1: Ned Rossiter (Institute for Culture and Society, and the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University), Paranoia is Real: Algorithmic Governance and the Shadow of Control (opens in a new window)(PDF, 495KB).

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The Occasional Papers, Institute for Culture and Society Vol. 7 (2016)

Paper no. 3: 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). 

Paper no. 2: Modesto Gayo (Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile), Cultural Capital Reproduction in the UK (opens in a new window)(PDF, 711KB).

Paper no. 1: Alejandro Miranda (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University), Continuity, Change and the Circulation of Social Practices (opens in a new window)(PDF,977KB). 

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The Occasional Papers, Institute for Culture and Society Vol. 6 (2015)

Paper no. 3: Tony Bennett (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University), Mind the Gap: Towards a Political History of Habit (opens in a new window)(PDF, 500KB).

Paper no. 2: Juan Carlos Zavala Olalde, Gabriela Coronado and Bob Hodge (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney),  Biology, Semiotics and Complexity: The Development of Mexican Notions of Person (opens in a new window)(PDF, 759KB).

Paper no. 1: Dick Hobbs (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), Gary Armstrong (Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications, Brunel University), Gavin Hales (Police Foundation, United Kingdom) and Richard Giulianotti (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, and Professor II in Sociology of Sport, Telemark University College), Policing, Newham and the 2012 Olympic Games: A Working Paper (opens in a new window)(PDF, 601KB).

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ICS Occasional Paper Series Vol. 5 (2014)

Paper no. 2: Gabriela Coronado (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), Latin American Migrants and the Larrikin Principles: Reflections on the Convergence of Cultural Values (opens in a new window)(PDF, 912KB).

Paper no. 1: Shanthi Robertson (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), The Temporalities of International Migration: Implications for Ethnographic Research (opens in a new window)(PDF, 471KB).

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ICS Occasional Paper Series Vol. 4 (2013)

Paper no. 3: David Rowe (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), Sport: Scandal, Gender and the Nation (opens in a new window)(PDF, 616KB).

Paper no. 2: Penny Harvey (University of Manchester) and Hannah Knox (University of Manchester), Surface Dramas, Knowledge Gaps and Interfacing Practices: On the Integrative Promise of Infrastructural Engineering (opens in a new window)(PDF, 412KB).

Paper no. 1: Jay Scherer (University of Alberta, Canada),  Crises of Capitalism and Deficits of Democracy: Lessons from Vancouver's Olympic Village Development (opens in a new window)(PDF, 450KB).

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ICS Occasional Paper Series Vol. 3 (2012)

Paper no. 4. Tim Winter (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), Heritage and Nationalism: An Unbreachable Couple? (opens in a new window)(PDF, 395KB).

Paper no. 3: Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology), The Convergent Media Policy Moment (opens in a new window)(PDF, 508KB).

Paper no. 2: Diego Navarro (Universidad del Salvador, Argentina), Boomerangs and Creativity (opens in a new window)(PDF, 535KB).

Paper no. 1: Nikolas Rose (King's College London, UK), The Human Sciences in a Biological Age (opens in a new window)(PDF, 596KB).

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ICS Occasional Paper Series Vol. 2 (2011)

Paper no. 2: Tim Winter (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), Recycled Buildings: Challenging Sustainability in an Era of Air Conditioning (opens in a new window)(PDF, 516KB).

Paper no. 1: James Arvanitakis (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), The Challenge of Communicating Complex Problems: Can Art Succeed Where Academia Fails? (opens in a new window)(PDF, 1.4MB).

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ICS Occasional Paper Series Vol. 1 (2010)

Paper no. 5: Kaye Shumack (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney) and Jason Tuckwell (University of Western Sydney), Mapping as Assemblage for Cultural Research (opens in a new window)(PDF, 1.16MB).

Paper no. 4: Bernat López (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain), Doping as Technology: A Re-reading of the History of Performance-Enhancing Substance Use (opens in a new window)(PDF, 593KB).

Paper no. 3: John Eade (Roehampton University, UK), Representing British Bangladeshis in the Global City: Authenticity, Text and Performance (opens in a new window)(PDF, 544KB).

Paper no. 2: Gabriela Coronado (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), Indigenous Wisdom for Reconciliation of the Self: Re-Narrating Mexican Identity (opens in a new window)(PDF, 976KB).

Paper no. 1: Ien Ang (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), Between Nationalism and Transnationalism: Multiculturalism in a Globalising World (opens in a new window)(PDF, 496KB).

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