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Cultural Commodity Chains, Cultural Clusters, or Cultural Production Chains?

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The paper begins with a discussion of the definition of cultural industries. The paper's three main themes are concerned with, first: 1) a contestation of the generic application of the global commodity chain concept, 2) the need for a unique focus on cultural industries associated with the particular nature of its production process, and 3) the role of embedded judgments of quality is an integral part of this process. Second, the paper suggests that a restyled focus on production chains (involving the full cycle of production to use) might be more appropriate than “commodity chains” for this application. Finally, issues of spatiality and scale are discussed: it is argued that although global commodity chain debates explore linkages at a regional and national scale, they downplay linkages at the local level.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Urban Cultural Economy in the Department of Geography and Environment, and Centre for Urban Research at the London School of Economics., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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