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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 Creative Field and the Logic of Innovation in Image-Producing Complexes
The creative field and the logic of innovation in image-producing complexes

In the previous chapter, I argued that production systems in modern capitalism are often geographically configured as dense and many-sided agglomerations of firms and workers. Such agglomerations typically function as fields of creative effects promoting high rates of innovation in products and processes. In cultural-products industries the manner in which these effects are played out in practice is especially perplexing because they are manifest above all in subtle shifts in the form and meaning of final outputs. The special challenge posed by focusing on creativity and innovation in the cultural economy is that the problem has a peculiar purity due to its relative (but ...

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