Cultural Economy: Cultural Analysis and Commercial Life

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  • Culture, Representation and Identities is dedicated to a particular understanding of ‘cultural studies’ as an inherently interdisciplinary project critically concerned with the analysis of meaning. The series focuses attention on the importance of the contemporary ‘cultural turn’ in forging a radical re-think of the centrality of ‘the cultural’ and the articulation between the material and the symbolic in social analysis. One aspect of this shift is the expansion of ‘culture’ to a much wider, more inclusive range of institutions and practices, including those conventionally termed ‘economic’ and ‘political’.

    Paul du Gay is at the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. Stuart Hall is Emeritus Professor at the Open University and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, the University of London.

    Books in the series:

    Representing Black Britain

    Black and Asian Images on Television

    Sarita Malik

    Cultural Economy

    Cultural Analysis and Commercial Life

    Edited by Paul du Gay and Michael Pryke

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    Notes on Contributors

    john allen is Professor and Head of Geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. His recent publications include Rethinking the Region: Spaces of Neoliberalism (Routledge, 1998) with Doreen Massey and Alan Cochrane, and Human Geography Today (Polity, 1999), edited with Doreen Massey and Phil Satre.

    paul du gay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Sub-Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. His research is located in the sociology of organizational life. His authored and edited publications include Consumption and Identity at Work (Sage, 1996), Production of Culture/Cultures of Production (Sage, 1997) and In Praise of Bureaucracy: Weber, Organization, Ethics (Sage, 2000).

    paul heelas is Professor in Religion and Modernity at Lancaster University. His research interests include religion, spirituality, culture and modern times and amongst his most recent books are Detraditionalization: Critical Reflections on Authority and Identity (Blackwell, 1996), edited with Scott Lash and Paul Morris, The New Age Movement: The Celebration of Self and the Sacralization of Modernity (Blackwell, 1996) and Religion in Modern Times (Blackwell, 2000) edited with Linda Woodhead.

    john law is Professor of Technology and Cultural Values in the Department of Sociology and Director of Science Studies at Lancaster University. He has written extensively on the sociology of technology, organizational sociology and actor network theory. His publications include Actor Network Theory and After (Blackwell, 1999), edited with John Hassard, and Organizing Modernity (Blackwell, 1994).

    liz mcfall is a Lecturer in Sociology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. Her main research interests are in the sociology and history of economic life. She is currently working on a historical genealogy of advertising practice.

    angela mcrobbie is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her research interests include cultural industries (art, fashion, music and magazine), feminist theory, youth and identity. Her books include British Fashion Design: Rag Trade or Image Industry? (Routledge, 1998) and In the Culture Society: Art, Fashion and Popular Music (Routledge, 1999).

    daniel miller is Professor of Social Anthropology at University College London. His research centres on consumption. His authored and edited books include Material Cultures: Why Some Things Matter (University of Chicago Press, 1998), A Theory of Shopping (Polity/Cornell University Press, 1998) and The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach (New York University Press, 2000), with Don Slater.

    keith negus is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research focus is creativity and the culture industries with particular reference to the music industry. He is the author of Music Genres and Corporate Cultures (Routledge, 1999), Producing Pop: Culture and Conflict in the Popular Music Industry (Arnold, 1992) and Popular Music in Theory (Polity, 1996).

    sean nixon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex. His research interests have focused on the relationship between gender and commercial cultures. He is author of Hard Looks: Masculinities, Spectatorship and Contemporary Consumption (University of London Press, 1996).

    michael pryke is a Lecturer in Geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. His most recent research examines cultures of money and the monetization of space-time. He has recently edited Unsettling Cities (Routledge, 1999), with John Allen and Doreen Massey.

    don slater is a Reader in Sociology at the London School of Economics. His current research focuses on consumer culture, economic sociology and comparative ethnographies of Internet use. Recent publications include Consumer Culture and Modernity (Polity, 1997), The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach (Berg, 2000), with Daniel Miller, and Market Society: Markets and Modern Social Theory (Polity, 2001), with Fran Tonkiss.

    nigel thrift is Professor of Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. His current research includes international business, the nature of consumption, and social and cultural theory. His most recent book is Spatial Formations (Sage, 1996).

    alan warde is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC). His research is in the fields of economic sociology and the sociology of consumption and his recent publications include Consumption, Food and Taste: Culinary Antimonies and Commodity Culture (Sage, 1997) and Eating Out: Social Differentiation, Consumption and Pleasure (Cambridge University Press, 2000), with Lydia Martens.

    Acknowledgements

    The chapters in this volume derive from a Workshop on Cultural Economy held at the Open University in January 2000. We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the Workshop, especially Richard Sennett and Stuart Hall, who acted as plenary speaker and respondent respectively, and Pamela Walker and Karen Ho, who helped organize the event and ensured its smooth running. Our thanks also to the Geography and Sociology disciplines at the Open University, to Sage Publications, whose financial support enabled the event to take place, and to the Pavis Centre for Social and Cultural Research for playing host.

    Finally, a word of gratitude to Julia Hall for commissioning the text and maintaining faith in our capacity to deliver and to the chapter authors who have borne stoically the successive rounds of alterations and amendments.


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