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

French Cinema I: Structure, Economic Performance, and Social Regulation

French Cinema I: Structure, Economic Performance, and Social Regulation

French cinema I: Structure, economic performance, and social regulation

Two major features of the French film industry need to be noted at the outset. One is that it represents a peculiar mix of market operations and centralized social regulation. The other is that, in contrast to the situation in Hollywood, a significant proportion of film-makers in France self-consciously aspire to create final products that attain to the status of high or serious culture. The discussion in this chapter examines the first of these features; the second is broached in the chapter that follows, where the difficult question of place and its role in sustaining the cultural idiosyncrasies and the market capacities of the modern French cinema is ...

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