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Much recent discussion surrounding valuation of the arts and culture, particularly in the policy arena, has been dominated by a concern to identify an economic and financial basis for valuation of art works, arts, activities and more general ways in which we express our culture. Whereas a great deal can be gained from a fuller understanding of the economic value of art, there is a real danger that financial considerations will tend to crowd out all other aspects of value. This book moves beyond the limitations implicit in a narrow economic approach, bringing different disciplinary viewpoints together, opening up a dialogue between scholars about the processes of valuation that they use and exploring differences and identifying common ground between the various viewpoints. The book's common theme - the tension between economic and cultural modes of evaluation - unites the chapters, making it a coherent and unified volume that provides a new and unique perspective on how we value art.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521862233
ISBN-10: 052186223X
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 334
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Hutter

Michael Hutter is Director of the Research Unit 'Cultural Sources of Newness' at the Social Science Research Center Berlin and holds a Research Professorship at the Institute for Sociology of the Technical University Berlin. David Throsby is Professor of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has published widely in the economics of the arts and culture, including most recently The Economics of Cultural Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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