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



November 2000 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 energy is examined in detail, with particular attention paid to Paris and Los Angeles.

 
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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