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The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries

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Edited by Kate Oakley, Justin O'Connor


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The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries is collection of contemporary scholarship on the cultural industries and seeks to re-assert the importance of cultural production and consumption against the purely economic imperatives of the ‘creative industries’.

Across 43 chapters drawn from a wide range of geographic and disciplinary perspectives, this comprehensive volume offers a critical and empirically-informed examination of the contemporary cultural industries.

A range of cultural industries are explored, from videogames to art galleries, all the time focussing on the culture that is being produced and its wider symbolic and socio-cultural meaning. Individual chapters consider their industrial structure, the policy that governs them, their geography, the labour that produces them, and the meaning they offer to consumers and participants.

The collection also explores the historical dimension of cultural industry debates providing context for new readers, as well as critical orientation for those more familiar with the subject. Questions of industry structure, labour, place, international development, consumption and regulation are all explored in terms of their historical trajectory and potential future direction.

By assessing the current challenges facing the cultural industries this collection of contemporary scholarship provides students and researchers with an essential guide to key ideas, issues, concepts and debates in the field.

Table of Contents

Introduction Justin O’Connor and Kate Oakley Part I: Perspectives on the Cultural Industries 1. Valuing Cultural Industries Mark Banks 2. Art and Cultural Industries: Autonomy and Community Laikwan Pang 3. The Cultural Industries as a Sector of the Economy David Throsby 4. The Structure of the Cultural Industries – Global Corporations to SMEs Scott Fitzgerald 5. Making Things: Beyond the Binary of Manufacturing and Creativity Chris Gibson, Chantel Carr and Andrew Warren Part II: Core Cultural Industries 6. The Literary as a Cultural Industry Sarah Brouillette and Christopher Doody 7. Multi-platform media: how newspapers are adapting to the digital era Gillian Doyle 8. The Resilience of TV and its Implications for Media Policy Des Freedman 9. The Globalization of TV Formats Anthony Fung 10. The Popular Music Industries Shane Homan 11. Between Triple-A, Indie, Casual, and DIY: Sites of Tension in the Videogames Cultural Industries Brendon Keogh 12. This Sporting Life is Going to be the Death of Me: Sport as a cultural industry Steve Redhead 13. Advertising as a Cultural Industry John Sinclair 14. A Cultural Economy of Audio and Radio Technologies John Tebbutt Part III: Cultural Industries: Space and Place15. Culture and the City Kate Oakley and Justin O’Connor 16. Consumption and Place Steven Miles 17. Cottage Economy: the ‘ruralness’ of rural cultural industries David Bell 18. Producing "India" as Location Nitin Govil 19. Cultural economy and Urban Development in Shanghai Xin Gu 20. Cultural Industries in Transition Economies Bastian Lange 21. Turning the Post-Industrial City into the Cultural City: The Case of Toronto’s Waterfront Matt Patterson and Daniel Silver Part IV:Cultural Industries and Labour 22. Management in the cultural industries Chris Bilton 23. Creative vocations and cultural value Scott Brook 24. Emerging Labour Politics in Creative Industries Greig de Peuter and Nicole S. Cohen 25. Hollywood Cognitarians Toby Miller 26. Class and Exclusion at Work: The Case of UK Film and Television Keith Randle Part V:Audiences, Intermediaries and Markets27. Imagining the cultural consumer: class, cool and connoisseurship David Wright 28. Challenging Boundaries: Fans and Cultural Industries Cornel Sandvoss 29. Understanding Public Relations as a Cultural Industry Lee Edwards 30. Is Data Culture? Data analytics and the cultural industries Helen Kennedy 31. Social Liabilities of Digitizing Cultural Institutions: Environment, Labour, Waste Richard Maxwell 32. Popular Music Making and Promotional Work inside the ‘New’ Music Industry Leslie M. Meier 33. Sport, Media and Audiences David Rowe Part VI: Policy and the Cultural Industries 34. A Framework for Cultural Labour: Shoring up the Good Jobs, Well Done Catherine Murray 35. Constructing Creativities: higher education and the cultural industries workforce Caitriona Noonan 36. Business as Usual: Creative Industries and the Specificity of the British State Dave O’Brien 37. The Creation and Destruction of the UK Film Council Philip Schlesinger 38. Widening Local Development Pathways: transformative visions of cultural economy Yudhishthir Raj Isar Part VII:The Politics of the Cultural Industries 39. Between Cultural Confidence and Ideological Insecurity: China’s Soft Power Strategy for the Cultural Industries Kingsley Edney.40. Gender and the Cultural Industries Katie Milestone 41. The Marketing of Race in Cultural Production Anamik Saha 42. Cultural Industries and a Mass Communication Research: a Cultivation Analysis View Andy Ruddock 43. Culture, Politics and the Cultural Industries: Reviving a critical agenda Graeme Turner

About the Editors

Kate Oakley is Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Leeds. Her interests are in cultural labour, cities and the politics of cultural policy.

Justin O’Connor is Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University, Melbourne. He is also visiting Chair Shanghai Jiao Tong University and convenes the Global Cultural Economy Network.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies