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Recent Books by CMPS Staff

Cultures of Optimism: The Institutional Promotion of Hope (2015)
by Oliver Bennett

In this sequel to his book on Cultural Pessimism, Oliver Bennett explores how individuals and societies sustain hope. The book focuses on the institutional propagation of optimism in diverse domains: democratic politics; work; the family; religion; and psychotherapy. Drawing on a range of disciplines, including social and evolutionary psychology, intellectual history and organisational behaviour, Bennett addresses a number of questions: what are the functions of optimism in modern societies? How and why do institutions promote it? What values and attitudes are involved? The institutional actions explored, conceptualised as cultural policy in its broadest sense, point to the promotion of hope and optimism as a near-universal cultural imperative.

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Oliver Bennett is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies

Government through Culture and the Contemporary French Right (2014)
by Jeremy Ahearne

Culture, understood broadly, lay at the heart of contrasting right-wing strategies for government in France during the pivotal decade of 2002–2012. Looking at issues of political secularism, educational reform, televisual performance, public memory and nation-branding, Ahearne analyses how Presidents Chirac and Sarkozy sought to redefine contemporary French identity. This study extends prevailing conceptions of 'cultural policy' and shows how this constitutes a core dimension, alongside economic and social policies, of modern right-wing government. It traces, over the course of the decade in question, a dramatic hardening of the attitudes and values informing these programmes for cultural hegemony. These reflect enduring transformations in the political and symbolic landscape of contemporary France.

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Intellectuals, Culture and Public Policy in France: Approaches from the Left (2010)
by Jeremy Ahearne

French Intellectuals have always defined themselves in political terms. They figure in common representation as oppositional figures set against State and government. But speaking truth to power is not the only way that intellectuals in France have brought their influence to bear upon political fields. Jeremy Ahearne's book explores what happens when, instead of denouncing from without the worlds of government and public policy, French intellectuals become voluntarily entangled within these worlds.

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Jeremy Ahearne is Professor of French Studies

Handbook of Management and Creativity
edited by Chris Bilton and Stephen Cummings

The Handbook of Management and Creativity is a compilation of new research and case studies on the relationship between management and creativity. The book features experts from the fields of management studies, creative industries research, organisational studies and strategy and is arranged across four sections: innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and organisation. The book builds on the 'bisociative' framework set out in Creative Strategy and includes chapters by Kate Oakley, Loizos Heracleous, Chris Steyeart, Lucy Kueng, Vikki Heywood and the authors.

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Creative Strategy: Reconnecting Business and Innovation
by Chris Bilton and Stephen Cummings

This book is co-written with Professor Stephen Cummings (Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington NZ) and combines Chris’s expertise on creativity and the creative industries with Steve’s insights on strategic management. The book sets out to uncover the connections between the creative process and strategy in business. People tend to think of creativity and strategy as opposites. This book argues that they are far more similar than we might expect. And actively aligning creative and strategic thinking in any enterprise can enable more effective innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and organizing for the future. The book is available now via

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Chris Bilton is Associate Professor of Cultural Policy Studies

Media and Memory (2011)
by Joanne Garde-Hansen

How do we rely on media for remembering? In exploring the complex ways that media converge to support our desire to capture, store and retrieve memories, this textbook offers analyses of representations of memorable events, media tools for remembering and forgetting, media technologies for archiving and the role of media producers in making memories. Theories of memory and media are covered alongside an accessible range of case studies focusing on memory in relation to radio, television, pop music, celebrity, digital media and mobile phones. Ethnographic and production culture research, including interviews with members of the public and industry professionals, is also included.

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Geography and Memory: Explorations in Identity, Place and Becoming (2012)
edited by Owain Jones and Joanne Garde-Hansen

This edited collection offers the first assembling of international scholarship on exploring the relationship between geography and memory. Covering remembering, archives, media, commemoration, and forgetting in modern societies. The constributors are drawn from a range of local, national and international contexts, incuding the UK, Germany, USA, Malaysia and Australia. The book uniquely opens up geography to other disciplines such as arts, media, culture, psychology and heritage studies.

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Emotion Online: Theorizing Affect on the Internet (2013)
by Joanne Garde-Hansen and Kristyn Gorton

This book seeks to understand where we are emotionally with regards to the Internet in social and cultural terms. Online users are switching between personal, national, international and global modes of being and feeling that shape their private and public experiences. Drawing upon the well-established discipline of media studies, the book travels theoretically through, across, in and between examples of traditional media as they merge and emerge online. We are looking here for the continuities as much as the changes and use three case studies of global online engagement to provoke new thinking about emotion online.

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Remembering Dennis Potter through Fans, Extras and Archives (2014)
by Joanne Garde-Hansen and Hannah Grist

This is the first book to address a key figure from film or television from this multi-directional perspective. The memories produced by fans, extras and production archives become pivotal to media heritage. These personal and production memories are unique within screen history and offer scholars of television, media history, sociology, drama, regional studies, museology and heritage management a valuable insight into how members of the public provide institutions with deep and affective responses to media as heritage. The role of 'personal memory' in the production of television heritage is a new and exciting addition to our understanding of how TV was made.

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Joanne Garde-Hansen is Associate Professor of Culture, Media and Communication and Director of the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies