The Cultural Economy of Cities: Essays on the Geography of Image-Producing Industries

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Overview

Culture is big business. It is at the root of many urban regeneration schemes throughout the world. It is also one of the leaders of the post-Fordist economic revolution, 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 energy is examined in detail, with particular attention paid to Paris and Los Angeles. The book provides an invaluable discussion of the political economy of cultural commodities and of the predicaments associated with the increasing commercialization and globalization of culture. It will be required reading for serious students of sociology, cultural studies and geography.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: PROPAEDEUTICA
Introduction to the Cultural Economy of Cities
The Mainsprings of Urban Economic Performance
The Creative Field and the Logic of Innovation in Image-Producing Complexes
PART TWO: TWO CRAFT INDUSTRIES: COLLECTIVE ORDER AND REGIONAL DESTINY
The Gem and Jewellry Industry in Los Angeles and Bangkok
The Household Furniture Industry of Los Angeles
Decline and Regeneration
PART THREE: CINEMA, MUSIC, AND MULTIMEDIA
French Cinema I
Structure, Economic Performance and Social Regulation
French Cinema II
Place, Cultural Geography and Competitive Advantages
The Recorded Music Industry in the United States
The Multimedia Industry
From Silicon Valley to Hollywood
Multimedia and Digital Visual Effects Workers in Southern California
PART FOUR: LOS ANGELES AND PARIS
Los Angeles
The Image as Commodity
Paris
Tradition and Change
PART FIVE: CODA
Towards a Political Economy of the Cultural Commodity

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