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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 Household Furniture Industry of Los Angeles: Decline and Regeneration
The household furniture industry of Los Angeles: Decline and regeneration

The household furniture industry is one of those economic sectors in which the tension between localization and globalization is particularly acute at the present time. On the one hand, virtually every country in the world, and most large population centers, possess at least some household furniture manufacturing activities serving local markets. On the other hand, the products of the industry have entered world trade with increasing insistence of late years (facilitated by the emergence of international mass marketing firms like BIF, IKEA and STOR), and many localized production complexes have come under strong competitive pressure because of this state of affairs.

As a consequence, the industry is ...

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