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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

Los Angeles: The Image as Commodity
Los Angeles: The image as commodity

Los Angeles was one of the critical pulses of the economic and cultural condition of twentieth century capitalism, and remains so. Even before the Second World War its aircraft and motion picture industries gave it peculiar visibility and global reach. In the postwar decades, aircraft manufacturing developed into a full-blown aerospace–defense industry, making Southern California the largest high-technology production region in the world (though severe job losses have occurred in this industry since the late 1980s). The motion picture industry also grew rapidly after the Second World War, continually increasing its international influence and spinning off new entertainment industries, especially in television and music recording. In addition, over the last few decades, Los Angeles ...

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