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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

Cinema, Music, and Multimedia
Cinema, music, and multimedia

The two sectors that we have just examined represent classical craft manufacturing industries. Production in these sectors is for the most part secured by production workers, often in settings that are more reminiscent of nineteenth century industrial districts than what we might think of as the wellsprings of an advanced cultural economy. As such, the cultural content of their final products is frequently rather subdued, especially at the low-quality end of the market spectrum. By contrast, the chapters in the present part of the book deal with a series of media industries that are right at the leading edge of cultural production in modern society. We examine first of all the logic and dynamics of the French cinema ...

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