Valuing cultural industries

An introduction

Authored by: Mark Banks

The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415706209
eBook ISBN: 9781315725437
Adobe ISBN: 9781317533986


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Why do cultural industries matter? I’ll suggest two main reasons. First, they matter because they provide contexts for human beings to discover, disclose and distribute their creativity– in all its diversity and complexity of social and cultural meanings. In this way, cultural industries help make possible the examination of life. Second, they matter because they provide a means of economising, for generating and distributing resources– particularly for those who have a direct interest in processes of production, distribution and consumption. The cultural industries therefore concern us doubly– culturally and economically. Yet this duality begs a further question, one this chapter seeks specifically to address; namely, how should we appropriately value the cultural industries?

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