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Sociology of the Arts

Regenerating Regional Culture

A Study of the International Book Town Movement

Authors: Frank, Jane

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  • Locates book towns as places that simultaneously preserve past technologies while actively participating in contemporary global communications
  • Identifies book shops in book towns as ‘third places’ where outsiders can make connections and feel like insiders, leading to meaningful experiences
  • Demonstrates integrated and holistic ways of approaching rural and regional cultural development
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This book explores the significance of the international book town movement and its impact on contemporary society. It examines how book towns have emerged and how their culture and unique characteristics help to explain a steadily growing phenomenon that has enabled peripheral communities around the world to reclaim their economic futures and impact on the cultural sphere as increasingly powerful sites and sources of creativity.

Regenerating Regional Culture assesses why, at a time when the book industry is experiencing a profound transformation, book towns are proliferating in Europe and across the globe. It acknowledges the role of the book as a catalyst for this significant cultural activity and development. The book is shown to be a unique and pivotal item of cultural consumption, a remarkable artefact and, more than ever before, a springboard for contemporary cultural debate. This work investigates how the reanimation of these ‘down-on-their-luck’ towns is attracting, through a combination of nostalgia, history and cultural heritage, a growing middle class cohort who seek both intellectual stimulation and opportunities for serious leisure and wellbeing.

This book will prove to be a useful resource for understanding the impacts of book towns on art, culture and society while also offering insightful research for those involved in existing or future development of book towns and other community cultural projects.

About the authors

Jane Frank is Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Australia with research interests in the fields of cultural studies, cultural sociology, and book and print culture. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover $99.99
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  • Due: February 1, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87932-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Regenerating Regional Culture
Book Subtitle
A Study of the International Book Town Movement
Authors
Series Title
Sociology of the Arts
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65036-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65036-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65035-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87932-1
Series ISSN
2569-1414
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVII, 285
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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