Traditionally social science treated culture as a peripheral issue, but the last twenty years have witnessed a cultural turn throughout the social sciences. Culture is now at the core of debate. Culture and Economy After the Cultural Turn examines the impact of the cultural turn for the social sciences in relation to the decline of interest in economic aspects of society. It presents a number of responses to the changing relationship between culture and economy, and to the way in which the cultural turn has sought to understand it.
Chapter 4: Market Boundaries and the Commodification of Culture
Market Boundaries and the Commodification of Culture
Justifying Limitations on the Market1
Both in Britain and elsewhere over the past twenty years, governments have implemented radical programmes of institutional change imposing market or quasi-market principles and forms of organization into a wide range of social institutions and practices which had previously operated in quite different ways. I have in mind here not so much the privatization of publicly owned industries, but the commercially modelled reconstruction of local government, educational and health-care institutions, and also, especially, of broadcasting, the various arts, academic research and so on. It is with the possible grounds for opposing the marketization of these ‘cultural’ institutions and practices, and hence more generally for resisting the ‘commodification of ...