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The Blackwell Cultural Economy Reader. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5227292
  • Book
  • October 2003
  • 448 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This Reader brings together the exciting and innovative work that has appeared in the last 10 years in the growing field of cultural economy.
  • Brings together exciting and innovative work from the last ten years in the emerging field of cultural economy.
  • Contains a substantial introduction by the editors on the main strands and history of the cultural economy approach.
  • Shows how the pursuit of prosperity always involves multiple and hybrid orderings that cannot be reduced to either the terms culture or economy.
  • Shows that thinking about cultural economy is both a substantive task and a valuable contribution to knowledge.
  • Material is organised around different links in the value chain.
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Introduction. .

Part I: Production.

1. A Mixed Economy of Fashion Design (Angela McRobbie).

2. Net-Working for a Living: Irish Software Developers in the Global Workplace (Seán Ó’Riain).

3. Instrumentalizing the Truth of Practice (Katie Vann and Geoffrey C. Bowker).

4. The Economy of Qualities (Michel Callon, Cécile Méadel and Vololona Rabeharisoa).

Part II: Finance and Money.

5. Inside the Economy of Appearances (Anna Tsing).

6. Physics and Finance: S-Terms and Modern Finance as a Topic for Science Studies (Donald MacKenzie).

7. Traders' Engagement with Markets: A Postsocial Relationship (Karin Knorr Cetina and Urs Bruegger).

Part III: Regulation.

8. Varieties of Protectors (Frederico Varese).

9. The Agony of Mammon (Lewis H. Lapham).

10. Governing by Numbers: Why Calculative Practices Matter (Peter Miller).

Part IV: Commodity Chains.

11. African/Asian/Uptown/Downtown (P. Stoller).

12. Retailers, Knowledges and Changing Commodity Networks: The Case of the Cut Flower Trade (A. Hughes).

13. Culinary Networks and Cultural Connections: A Conventions Perspective (Jonathan Murdoch and Mara Miele).

Part V: Consumption.

14. Making Love in Supermarkets (Daniel Miller).

15. Window Shopping at Home: Classifieds, Catalogues and New Consumer Skills (Alison. J. Clarke).

16. What’s in a Price? An Ethnography of Tribal Art at Auction (Haidy Geismar).

17. It’s Showtime: On the Workplace Geographies of Display in a Restaurant in Southeast England (Philip Crang).

Part VI: Economy of Passions.

18. Feeling Management: From Private to Commercial Uses (Arlie Hochschild).

19. Negotiating the Bar: Sex, Money and the Uneasy Politics of Third Space (Lisa Law).

20. A Joint’s a Joint (S. Denton and R. Morris).

21. Marking Time with Nike: The Illusion of the Durable (Celia Lury).


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Ash Amin University of Durham.

Nigel Thrift University of Bristol.
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