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10 - Politics in Australian culture

from Part II - Politics in Everyday Australian Life


The idea that politics occurs in cultural spaces is one that makes most sense when viewed in the light of discourse theories and post-structuralism (Chapter 5). Treating cultural spaces as political spaces is important for extending the spaces of participation addressed in some democratic theories (Chapter 1). On this view, enhancing democracy requires opening up both cultural and political spaces to increased participation. These spaces are also important to the production of the gender stereotypes that feminists criticise (see Chapter 4). Treating cultural spaces as sites of politics significantly extends the political behaviour that is the focus of interest of those who study politics. So behaviouralists might recognise an implicit challenge in this chapter to extend their notions of ‘political’ behaviour (see Chapter 3). A deeper challenge, though, confronts institutionalists (Chapter 2), who are even less likely to recognise the cultural spaces discussed here as political spaces. International politics theorists (Chapter 6) are likely to see the cultural patterns here as both the result of, and as contributing to, Australia’s place in the world.

Further reading
Davis, W 2008 Playing the television field: and the changing face of TV comedy Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 353
Elder, C 2007 Being Australian: narratives of national identity Allen & Unwin Sydney
Harper, M White, R 2010 Symbols of Australia UNSW Press and National Museum of Australia Sydney