About this book
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.
- Book Title Regenerating Regional Culture
- Book Subtitle A Study of the International Book Town Movement
- Series Title Sociology of the Arts
- Series Abbreviated Title Sociology of the Arts
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65036-4
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65035-7
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87932-1
- eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65036-4
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XXXVII, 285
- Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
Sociology of Culture
Sociology of Sport and Leisure
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