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'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 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 colourful, innovative information graphics to give a quantitative portrait of the cultural dimensions and contours of globalization. This second volume The Cultural Economy analyses 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412934749
ISBN-10: 1412934745
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 189mm x mm)
Pages: 688
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Helmut K. Anheier

Helmut K. Anheier, PhD, is President and Dean at the Hertie School of Governance, and holds a chair of sociology at Heidelberg University. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1986, was a senior researcher at John Hopkins School of Public Policy, Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. Professor Anheier founded and directed the Centre for Civil Society at LSE, the Center for Civil Society at UCLA, and the Center for Social Investment at Heidelberg. Before embarking on an academic career, he served as social affairs officer to the United Nations. He is author of over 400 publications, and won various international prizes and recognitions for his scholarship. Amongst his recent book publications are Nonprofit Organizations - Theory, Management, Policy (London: Routledge, 2014), A Versatile American Institution: The Changing Ideals and Realities of Philanthropic Foundations with David Hammack (Washington, DC: Brookings, 2013) and The Global Studies Encyclopedia with Mark Juergensmeyer (5 vols, Sage, 2012). He is the principal academic lead of the Hertie School's annual Governance Report (Oxford University Press, 2013-), and currently working on projects relating to indicator research, social innovation, and success and failure in philanthropy. Yudhishthir Raj Isar is an independent analyst, advisor and public speaker who straddles different worlds of cultural theory, experience and practice. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney. He has also been maitre de conference at Sciences Po, Paris. Professor Isar is co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE). He is a trustee of civil society cultural organisations and consultant to international organisations and foundations and Past President of Culture Action Europe. Earlier, at UNESCO, where he served from 1973 to 2002, he was notably Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development and Director of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture.

Books By Helmut K. Anheier

Nonprofit Organizations by Helmut K. Anheier
Paperback, March 2014
Governance Challenges and Innovations by Helmut K. Anheier
Hardback, August 2013
Versatile American Institution by Helmut K. Anheier
Paperback, February 2013
Encyclopedia of Global Studies by Helmut K. Anheier
Hardback, March 2012