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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

Toward a Political Economy of the Cultural Commodity
Toward a political economy of the cultural commodity

I have sought to sketch out an economic geography of cultural production in modern capitalism, and to show how the images that ever more forcefully define our cultural environment emerge out of concrete production systems and their geographic milieux. I have argued that the production of culture today is irrevocably bound up with the logic of commodification. No matter whether we are referring to culture as it is embodied in the styling of common utilitarian objects (like cars or clothes), or in mass entertainment products (like popular music or theme parks), or in aesthetically contrived products for specialized tastes (like theatrical performances or avant-garde architecture), both the cultural and the ...

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