Cultural economy: achievements, divergences, future prospects

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper reflects on two decades’ scholarship in geography on cultural

    economy, assessing strides made against some of the expectations of early proponents.

    Cultural economy continues to be a polysemic term. In some quarters, it

    refers to a type of economic geography into which matters of ‘culture’ are

    absorbed. This work frequently focuses on the empirics of the so-called ‘cultural

    and creative industries’. Others see cultural economic research as an opportunity

    to move beyond the epistemological constraints of ‘culture’ and ‘economy’,

    questioning their status as foundational categories. This latter approach has been

    used in a broader set of empirical projects encompassing technology, knowledge,

    and society. Contrasting threads of cultural economic research have helpfully

    moved geographical scholarship beyond paradigmatic limitations, but jostle

    somewhat uncomfortably within existing (and increasingly specialised) disciplinary

    and subdisciplinary fields. The risk is that by questioning the categorical

    underpinnings of much specialised research, cultural economy struggles to

    ‘belong’ in the increasingly coded and compartmentalised university setting. I

    conclude with a discussion of future prospects. Some measure of vitality could be

    achieved through incorporation of a cultural economy perspective into the pressing

    issues of climate change, human sustenance, and urban infrastructure planning.

    These are issues for which the polysemy of cultural economy could prove

    constructive, transcending technocentric market ‘fixes’ and bland assumptions

    about how best to ‘green’ our cities – promoting instead ethnographic interrogations

    of how humans access, use, exchange, and value financial and material

    resources as moral and social beings.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Gibson, C. (2012). Cultural economy: achievements, divergences, future prospects. Geographical Research, 50 (3), 282-290.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864496923

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/4293

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 282

End Page


  • 290

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • This paper reflects on two decades’ scholarship in geography on cultural

    economy, assessing strides made against some of the expectations of early proponents.

    Cultural economy continues to be a polysemic term. In some quarters, it

    refers to a type of economic geography into which matters of ‘culture’ are

    absorbed. This work frequently focuses on the empirics of the so-called ‘cultural

    and creative industries’. Others see cultural economic research as an opportunity

    to move beyond the epistemological constraints of ‘culture’ and ‘economy’,

    questioning their status as foundational categories. This latter approach has been

    used in a broader set of empirical projects encompassing technology, knowledge,

    and society. Contrasting threads of cultural economic research have helpfully

    moved geographical scholarship beyond paradigmatic limitations, but jostle

    somewhat uncomfortably within existing (and increasingly specialised) disciplinary

    and subdisciplinary fields. The risk is that by questioning the categorical

    underpinnings of much specialised research, cultural economy struggles to

    ‘belong’ in the increasingly coded and compartmentalised university setting. I

    conclude with a discussion of future prospects. Some measure of vitality could be

    achieved through incorporation of a cultural economy perspective into the pressing

    issues of climate change, human sustenance, and urban infrastructure planning.

    These are issues for which the polysemy of cultural economy could prove

    constructive, transcending technocentric market ‘fixes’ and bland assumptions

    about how best to ‘green’ our cities – promoting instead ethnographic interrogations

    of how humans access, use, exchange, and value financial and material

    resources as moral and social beings.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Gibson, C. (2012). Cultural economy: achievements, divergences, future prospects. Geographical Research, 50 (3), 282-290.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864496923

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/4293

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 282

End Page


  • 290

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia