The rise of creative industries requires new thinking in communication, media and cultural studies, media and cultural policy, and the arts and information sectors. The Creative Industries sets the agenda for these debates, providing a richer understanding of the dynamics of cultural markets, creative labor, finance and risk, and how culture is distributed, marketed and creatively reused through new media technologies. This book:

develops a global perspective on the creative industries and creative economy; draws insights from media and cultural studies, innovation economics, cultural policy studies, and economic and cultural geography; explores what it means for policy-makers when culture and creativity move from the margins to the center of economic dynamics; makes extensive use of case studies in ways that are relevant not only to researchers and policy-makers, but also to the generation of students who will increasingly be establishing a ‘portfolio career’ in the creative industries

International in coverage, The Creative Industries traces the historical and contemporary ideas that make the cultural economy more relevant that it has ever been. It is essential reading for students and academics in media, communication and cultural studies.

From Culture Industries to Cultural Economy

From culture industries to cultural economy

The use and applicability of the terms ‘cultural industries’ and ‘creative industries’ has been the subject of considerable debate since the DCMS in Britain introduced the concept of creative industries into policy discourse in the late 1990s. For some writers, the concept of creative industries provides a broader, more inclusive and more contemporary understanding of the field, and has superseded the concept of cultural industries. Others have argued that the term ‘creative’ has too broad and imprecise a remit, and dilutes the significance of the cultural dimension to these industries, artificially linking them to the ICT sectors and, in some instances, the sciences. As we have seen in the previous two chapters, another approach ...

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