Culture is a priceless inheritance and source of wellbeing that is of immense value to humankind. Cultural economics set out to examine the nature and social benefits of cultural products and phenomena as they exist in the market.
This volume is the masterpiece of Li Yining, one of the best-known Chinese economists, active in devoting his attention to the role of culture in the economy since the 1950s. Considering the importance of culture in the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the author combines cultural history, economic history, and the history of economic thought to produce unique perspectives. This book not only introduces the central concepts of cultural economics and the culture industry, but proposes several groundbreaking views that greatly influenced the culture policies of China, including cultural adjustment, cultural confidence, and cultural checks and balances.
Researchers and students of economics, cultural studies, and Chinese politics, as well as policy makers, will benefit from this volume.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1 Basic concepts of cultural economics. 2 The cultural industry. 3 Cultural enlightenment and cultural innovation. 4 Cultural adjustments. 5 Cultural inclusion. 6 Cultural confidence. 7 Cultural checks and balances. 8 The highest state of culture and management. 9 Cultural and economic sustainable development. 10 Cultural heritage and cultural sharing. Postscript. Appendix: Bibliography of the Works of Li Yining on the Relationship between Culture and Economics.
Li Yining is Professor of Economics at Peking University. His research involves relating the study of economic history to that of cultural history, and the study of economics to that of culture. His publications include History of the Ancient Greek Economy, History of the Roman-Byzantine Economy, and The Origin of Capitalism: A Comparative Study of Economic History.