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New Books In Critical Theory Podcast.

Dave runs a monthly podcast for the New Books Network called New Books In Critical Theory. The latest podcast is now up and is available here:

The archive is also well worth checking out, as there are a range of critical theory and cultural policy book podcasts

This month will be of interest to cultural policy scholars as Dave talks to Constance DeVereaux, the co-author with Martin Griffin of Narrative, Identity and the Map of Cultural Policy. More information about the book and podcast are below:


Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy: Once Upon a Time in a Globalized World (Ashgate, 2013), a new book by Constance DeVereaux (Colorado State University) andMartin Griffin (University of Tennessee) sets out to challenge assumptions about policy making and culture in the contemporary world. The book has, at its centre, an understanding of narrative as both a practice that is central to what it means to be human and an analytical tool for understanding policy and culture. The book uses a wide range of case studies to illustrate the importance of this dual understanding of narrative to account for debates and differences between understandings of global culture as potentially threatening, in the form of globalization, or liberating, in the form of transnationalism. The case studies range from film and media studies, historical examples of Berlin and the USA’s National Endowment for the Arts, as well as questions over cultural heritage, through to readings of fictional case studies using the same narrative methods. The book will be essential reading for all scholars working in cultural policy and cultural studies, but also represents a challenge to the mainstream approaches of political science thinking about public policy.

sbbh483 • February 19, 2014

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