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.

chapter |12 pages


Making culture
ByDavid Rowe, Graeme Turner, Emma Waterton

part 1|88 pages

The cultural fields

chapter 1|13 pages

The book trade and the arts ecology

Transnationalism and digitization in the Australian literary field
ByDavid Carter, Michelle Kelly

chapter 3|11 pages

The Australian art field

Fairs and markets
ByDeborah Stevenson

chapter 4|13 pages

The ‘music nation’

Popular music and Australian cultural policy
ByShane Homan

chapter 5|11 pages


Commercialization, the decline of ‘nationing’ and the status of the media field
ByGraeme Turner

chapter 6|12 pages

A history of heritage policy in Australia

From hope to philanthropy
ByEmma Waterton

chapter 7|14 pages

The sport field in Australia

The market, the state, the nation and the world beyond in Pierre Bourdieu’s favourite game
ByDavid Rowe

part 2|53 pages

Across cultural fields

chapter 8|13 pages

‘Crossing the technical rubicon’

Marketizing culture and fields of the digital 1
ByBrett Hutchins

chapter 9|13 pages

Touring nation

The changing meanings of cultural tourism
ByChris Gibson

chapter 10|11 pages

Indigeneity, cosmopolitanism and the nation

The project of NITV
ByBen Dibley, Graeme Turner

chapter 11|14 pages

Making multiculture

Australia and the ambivalent politics of diversity
ByIen Ang, Greg Noble

chapter |13 pages


Undoing the bonds of nation/rediscovering dead souls 1
ByToby Miller