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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

The Mainsprings of Urban Economic Performance
The mainsprings of urban economic performance

Before we proceed further into specific details of the geographic bases of development and growth in image-producing industries, we need to pause briefly to take stock of some basic issues in the theory of spatial organization. In this chapter, then, I lay out the groundwork for an understanding of the main processes linking economic and regional development together, and how these combine to generate dynamic growth centers with specialized but internally variegated production systems. These general remarks will be deployed in succeeding chapters in diverse conceptual and empirical investigations of the cultural economy of cities.

Here, I seek to build a view of the geography of capitalist production activities as having a special proclivity (under ...

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