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The cultural economy and the global city

Pratt, A.C. (2012). The cultural economy and the global city. In: Taylor, P., Derudder, B., Hoyler, M. & Witlox, F. (Eds.), International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities. (pp. 265-274). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


The aim of this chapter is to examine the relationship between the cultural economy and the global city; it considers the conceptual as well as empirical aspects of the relationship. Implicitly, work on the global city considers culture: in fact one may go as far as to say that culture is presumed in the global city. This presumption has tended to render culture (in its broadest sense) either invisible to analysis, or positioned it in a dualistic relation to the ‘real deal’: the economic. Such a dualistic relationship is not presented as equal; culture is implicitly or explicitly rendered in all its forms as inferior or dependent: traditional modalities of economic analysis simply harden such conceptions. The empirical focus on the ‘power of finance’ that characterises much work on the global city, directly or indirectly, further intensifies the problem. This chapter does not seek to recover all of culture with respect to the global city; instead it focuses upon one particular aspect: arguably the most troubling one, the cultural economy. However, if anything will trouble, or destabilise the relationship between the economy and culture then it is likely to be the cultural economy.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter is for private use only
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Culture & the Creative Industries
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