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Cultures and Globalization

Cultures and Globalization
The Cultural Economy

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October 2008 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Increasingly we all today live in the kind of "edge cultures" we used to see only on the frontiers of civilizations in places like Hong Kong or Istanbul. The resulting frictions and fusions are shaping the soul of the coming world order…I can think of no other project with the ambitious scope of defining this emergent reality as The Cultures and Globalization Series."
- Nathan Gardels, Editor-in-Chief, NPQ, Global Services, Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media

The world's cultures and their forms of creation, presentation, and preservation are deeply affected by globalization in ways that are inadequately documented and understood. The Cultures and Globalization series is designed to fill this void in our knowledge. In this series, leading experts and emerging scholars track cultural trends connected to globalization throughout the world, resulting in a powerful analytic tool-kit that encompasses the transnational flows and scapes of contemporary cultures. Each volume presents data on cultural phenomena through colorful, innovative information graphics to give a quantitative portrait of the cultural dimensions and contours of globalization.

This second volume, The Cultural Economy, analyzes the dynamic relationship in which culture is part of the process of economic change that in turn changes the conditions of culture. It brings together perspectives from different disciplines to examine such critical issues as:

  • The production of cultural goods and services and the patterns of economic globalization
  • The relationship between the commodification of the cultural economy and the aesthetic realm
  • Current and emerging organizational forms for the investment, production, distribution and consumption of cultural goods and services
  • The complex relations between creators, producers, distributors and consumers of culture
  • The policy implications of a globalizing cultural economy

By demonstrating empirically how the cultural industries interact with globalization, this volume will provide students of contemporary culture with a unique, indispensable reference tool.

Stuart Cunningham, John Banks and Jason Potts
Cultural Economy
The Shape of the Field

David Throsby
Globalization and the Cultural Economy
A Crisis of Value?

Andy Pratt
Locating the Cultural Economy
Daniel Drache and Marc D. Froese
The Global Cultural Economy
Power, Citizenship and Dissent

Mira Sundara Rajan
Strange Bedfellows
Law and Culture

Frances Pinter
Free Culture and Creative Commons
Tom Aageson
Cultural Entrepreneurs
Producing Cultural Value and Wealth

Yudhishthir Raj Isar
The Intergovernmental Policy Actors
Francis B. Nyamnjoh
Globalization and the Cultural Economy

Jasleen Dhamija
Globalization and the Crafts in South Asia
Michael Keane
East Asia
the Global-Regional Dynamic

Jaz Choi
The New Korean Wave of U
Florent le Duc
The Impact of Globalization on the Cultural Industries of Central Asia
Xavier Greffe
European Cultural Systems in Turmoil
Kirill Razlogov
Countries in Transition
Which Way to Go?

Nada Švob-Ðokic, Jaka Primorac and Krešimir Jurlin
Southeastern Europe
Emergences and Developments

Ana Carla Fonseca Reis and Andrea Davis
Impact and Responses in Latin America and the Caribbean
Margaret Wyszomirski
The Local Creative Economy in the United States of America
Michael Curtin
Spatial Dynamics of Film and Television
Toby Miller
Anyone For Games?
Via the New International Division of Labor

Gerard Goggin
Digital Media
Sabine Ichikawa
Dragan Klaic
Seeking Artistic Distinction in a Crowded Field

Paulo Miguez
The Bahia Carnival
Martha Friel and Walter Santagata
Making Material Cultural Heritage Work
From Traditional Handicrafts to Soft Industrial Design

Mark David Ryan, Michael Keane and Stuart Cunningham
Australian Indigenous Art
Local Dreamings, Global Consumption

David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso
New York's Chelsea District
a 'Global' and Local Perspective on Contemporary Art

Allen J. Scott
Cultural Economy
Retrospect and Prospect


The notions of 'creative industry' and 'creative economy' have become ever more insistent in contemporary cultural, economic and urbanistic debates. Provoking vociferous opposition as well as overblown hyperbole the questions raised by these ideas can no longer be side-stepped or dismissed. This extremely rich book surveys the full range of the creative economy, from ethnic-based craftspeople to digital second lifers, and includes Africa and Asia alongside the heartlands of USA and Europe. In so doing it tackles some fundamental questions head-on. It gives full voice to those anxious about global homogenisation and those powerfully critical of the monopolisation and concentration of ownership and control by the mega-corporations. But as the key introductory and concluding chapters make clear, it is simply not possible any longer to ignore the enormous transformational power of the creative economy. We have to both understand the new cultural and economic landscape in which we live and to avoid the blanket condemnations of those who would argue that this global creative economy is inimical to meaningful culture. In this book we find the tools to help achieve both of these
Professor Justin O'Connor
School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds

This catholic volume has succeeded admirably in drawing together a range of leading academics and renowned artists, cultural activists, and consultants to interrogate a series of critical questions about the cultural economy. Drawing from diverse disciplinary and theoretical positions, questions such as whether and how the cultural economy is becoming more globalized, the relationship between commodification and aesthetics, national and transnational patterns of investment, production, distribution and consumption of cultural goods and services, and the policy implications of these various trends, have been critically explored. These diversities of questions, perspectives and authors have been matched by an equally impressive geo-cultural coverage
Lily Kong
Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore

In the age of globalization we are no longer home alone. Migration brings other worlds into our own just as the global reach of the media transmits our world into the hearts and minds of others. Often incommensurate values are crammed together in the same public square. Increasingly we all today live in the kind of 'edge cultures' we used to see only on the frontiers of civilizations in places like Hong Kong or Istanbul. The resulting frictions and fusions are shaping the soul of the coming world order. I can think of no other project with the ambitious scope of defining this emergent reality than "The Cultures and Globalization Project". I can think of no more capable minds than Raj Isar and Helmut Anheier who can pull it off
Nathan Gardels
Editor-in-Chief, NPQ, Global Services, Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media

This series represents an innovative approach to the central issues of globalization, that phenomenon of such undefined contours. This volume relates these to the cultural and creative industries in a wide range of powerful analytical perspectives
Lupwishi Mbuyumba
Director of the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa

A "strong editorial hand" is implemented throughout the book to create a unified volume which transcends a mere collection of diverse papers....The book provides a good presentation of our contemporary global socio-cultural and theoretical pluralism..a long lasting source of information
Culturelink Network

Not relevant for our course

Hanne Tange
Dept Language & Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business
October 18, 2010

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