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This is a concept that usually drives a stake between cultural studies, where it is one of many forces at work in the unfolding cultural order, and economics, where it is the fundamental mechanism by which social order arises, even in the domains of arts and culture (see Cowen 1998; Cowen and Kaplan 2004). There is a manifest tension between different views of competition, on the one hand as ‘regrettable’, i.e. something that is seemingly necessary, like security locks on doors, but that would not exist in an ideal world; and on the other hand as a effective, efficient mechanism of allocating scarce resources that cannot be improved upon, even by intelligent design.

However, neither of these two views – the ‘Marxist’ view of a regrettable ...

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