This title was first published in 2002. For many regions, 'culture' is considered the only viable resource they have for economic development. Neo-liberalist economics has become the dominant paradigm across a wide range of cultural contexts, while the cultural contingency of this paradigm itself has been obscured. In offering an empirically grounded anthropological critique of these issues, the volume makes an original contribution to the international debate on culture and economy. The case studies shed light on everyday practices used to establish culture’s economic 'value', and concepts of 'culture' and 'economy' employed by policy decision-makers are scrutinized through studies of strategies and policies at various levels. Aspects of economy, such as the market, are examined as cultural constructs in a historical context. Illustrated by international case studies, the volume provides a compelling and insightful survey of the theories and practices that shape the polyvalent relationships between culture and economy in the twenty-first century.
Table of Contents
Contents: Culture and economy: a brief introduction, Ullrich Kockel; The social economy of food poverty in Russia, Melissa L. Caldwell; Strategies and tactics of economic survival: de-industrialisation, work and change in an Alpine mining community, Johannes Moser; Social markets and the meaning of work in Eastern Germany, Angela Jancius; Constructing shareholders: images of individual investors in Stockholm, MÃ³nica Lindh de Montoya; Magic and the market: a case study of Warren Buffett and shareholders of 'Berkshire Hathaway', Kurt Hartwig; Tradition in the market place: an ethnographic study of a Polish Amber trade show, Amy Goldenberg, Traditional textiles and economic development: Lithuanian groups in Latvia’s border regions, Vida Savoniakaité; Transboundary co-operation as a vehicle for cultural interchange: a case study of Poland, Ann Kennard; Culture, Transactions and profitable meanings: tourism in Andalusia, Antonio Miguel Nogués; Creating a Cornish brand: discourses of ’traditionality’ in Cornish economic regeneration strategies, Amy Hale; ’The tiger no longer speaks Celtic’: economic conditioning and the Irish language, MÃ¡iréad Nic Craith; Language and equity: a development perspective, Jane Saville; The EU as manufacturer of tradition and cultural heritage, Reinhard Johler; Culture and economy: towards an agenda for further research, MÃ¡iréad Nic Craith and Ullrich Kockel; Index.