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What is the value of the arts?

Johnson, Louise 2002, What is the value of the arts?, in New wave: entrepreneurship and the arts: symposium proceedings, Learning Services, Deakin University, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title What is the value of the arts?
Author(s) Johnson, LouiseORCID iD for Johnson, Louise orcid.org/0000-0002-0934-3339
Conference name New Wave: Entrepreneurship and the Arts Conference (2002 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 5-6 April 2002
Title of proceedings New wave: entrepreneurship and the arts: symposium proceedings
Editor(s) Rentschler, Ruth
Publication date 2002
Publisher Learning Services, Deakin University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) cultural industries
value
place
arts industry
Summary In an age of globalisation, economic restructuring and rampant consumption, the "cultural industries" have come to be viewed as offering a source of social and economic salvation to declining towns, cities and regions. However, it is far from clear to what extent the arts, media and related tourism create employment, wealth, capital and community cohesion. What then is the value of the cultural industries and what concepts can be deployed to answer this question? This paper will report on one effort to devise a theoretical framework to assess the value of the cultural industries in one small Australian city. Drawing on Marxism, Pierre Boudieu and post-modem theory, it will develop a particular concept of "cultural capital" for use in quantifying and qualifying the socio-economic contribution of the cultural industries in Geelong, Victoria. It will argue that by linking Marx to Bourdieu around reformulated notions of "value" and "cultural capital", a theoretically rigorous framework can be distilled to assess and argue for the value of the arts. Such a concept has particular relevance and implications for arts managers.
ISBN 0730025535
9780730025535
Language eng
Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
200204 Cultural Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2002, The Author
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004750

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