Magic, Culture and the New Economy

Overview

This book looks at the 1990s, years of intense economic experimentation, when buzz words such as "network society," "the experience economy," "creative cities," and "glocalization" were everywhere. A fascinating perspective on "The New Economy" emerges as the authors explore the worlds of cool hunters, biotech brokers, career coaches, software entrepreneurs and event managers and tackle such questions as: how is magic used in the quest for newness and change; what happens when cultural techniques such as branding...

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Overview

This book looks at the 1990s, years of intense economic experimentation, when buzz words such as "network society," "the experience economy," "creative cities," and "glocalization" were everywhere. A fascinating perspective on "The New Economy" emerges as the authors explore the worlds of cool hunters, biotech brokers, career coaches, software entrepreneurs and event managers and tackle such questions as: how is magic used in the quest for newness and change; what happens when cultural techniques such as branding and styling colonize new arenas; what turbans out to be just a flash-in-the-pan and what has a lasting impact? This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand how economies operate in periods of rapid transformation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845200916
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Orvar Löfgren is Professor, Department of European Ethnology, University of Lund, Sweden.

Robert Willim is Researcher in the Department of European Ethnology, University of Lund, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Mandrake Mode—Orvar Löfgren and Robert Willim
• Meditation, Magic and Spiritual Regeneration: Spas and the Mass Production of Serenity—Tom O'Dell
• Trick or Treatment: Brokers in Biotech—Lynn Åkesson
• Possessed by Enterprise: Values and Value-creation in Mandrake Management—Karen Lisa Goldschmidt Salamon
• Catwalking and Coolhunting: The Production of Newness—-Orvar Löfgren
• Transformers: Hip Hotels and Cultural Economics of Aura-production—Maria Christersdotter
• Spectral Events: Attempts at Pattern Recognition—Per-Markku Ristilammi
• It's in the Mix: Configuring Industrial Cool—Robert Willim
• A Land of Milk and Money: The Dairy Counter in an Economy of Added Values—Håkan Jönsson
• Flexible, Adaptable, Employable: Ethics for a New Labour Market — Karin Salomonsson
• Making Sense: An Afterword—Nigel Thrift

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