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
Chapter 12: Paris: Tradition and Change
Paris: Tradition and Change
Economie et culture – même combat
Jack Lang, Mexico City, 27 July 1982
A perceptive nineteenth century observer of social trends, if asked what city would dominate the cultural economy of the world at the end of the twentieth century, would almost certainly have replied ‘Paris’. A hundred years and more ago, indeed, Paris had already attained to a position as the world's most exuberant center of art and fashion, the ‘capital of the nineteenth century’ as Walter Benjamin (1989) later called it in a celebrated phrase. As such, Paris functioned as a great center of cultural creativity and innovation, constituting an irresistible magnet for artistic talent from the rest of France as well as from other countries. It also ...