Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

11-2010

Abstract

The important nexus between culture and economy is by no means a recent development nor a novel inclusion on the social science agenda. As Harvey pointed out in his foreword to Zukin's (1988)Loft Living, the artist, as one `representative' of the cultural class, has always shared a position in the market system, whether as artisans or as “cultural producers working to the command of hegemonic class interest”. In the last two to three decades, in the US and more lately, in western Europe, cultural activities have become increasingly significant in the economic regeneration strategies in many cities. Geographers, however, have been slow to analyse this integration of the cultural and economic in explicit terms, and it is only in recent years that a reworked cultural geography (Cosgrove and Jackson, 1987; Kong, 1997) and a “new” economic geography (Thrift and Olds, 1996) has considered the constitutive role played by culture in economic development and the way in which economic forces are in fact culturally encoded (see Ley, 1996 and the other papers in the special issue of Urban Geography, 1996). Often, this relationship between the cultural and economic is facilitated, enhanced or hampered by policy. Yet, as in the idealist tradition, many more state cultural policies have been based on the notion of culture as a realm separate from, and often in opposition to, the realm of material production and economic activity than is explicitly acknowledged (Shuker, 1994, p. 54).

Discipline

Human Geography | Political Economy | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Geoforum

Volume

31

Issue

4

First Page

385

Last Page

390

ISSN

0016-7185

Identifier

10.1016/S0016-7185(00)00004-X

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/S0016-7185(00)00004-X