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Culture is big business. It is at the root of many urban regeneration schemes throughout the world, yet the economy of culture is under-theorized and under-developed. In this wide-ranging and penetrating volume, the economic logic and structure of the modern cultural industries is explained. The connection between cultural production and urban-industrial concentration is demonstrated and the book shows why global cities are the homelands of the modern cultural industries. This book covers many sectors of cultural economy, from craft industries such as clothing and furniture, to modern media industries such as cinema and music recording. The role of the global city as a source of creative and innovative en

Two Craft Industries: Collective Order and Regional Destiny
Two craft industries: Collective order and regional destiny

We turn now to an investigation of two craft sectors and their changing collective fortunes in selected regional clusters. The two sectors under scrutiny here are the gem and jewelry industry on one side, and the furniture industry on the other. These are sectors that are perhaps more commonly thought of as being traditional artisanal industries rather than cultural industries in the narrow sense of the term. However, they are assuredly elements of the cultural economy at large given that their outputs frequently exhibit strong design-intensive characteristics and function as both ornaments and social identifiers. These industries typically occur geographically in the form of specialized industrial districts located in large ...

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