There are two aspects of this critique:
- Firstly, an internal one directed at the assumption of a telos
of homogeneity in cultural economy approaches. Even though the
notion of economy is broadened everything is located within an
- Secondly, an external one which draws attention to the coincidence
between cultural economy approaches and contemporary political
rhetorics of 'creative economy'.
Both aspects naturalise historically specific relations of production
through the category of culture and both privilege and generalise
cultural industries as the leading edge of wealth production.
Valentine argues that both approaches are organised by a disavowal
of the political dominance of the economic category of rent and
the regimes of rights and fees on which it depends.
Following a discussion of the problem of rent for capitalism,
from Smith via Marx and Keynes to Buchanan, Valentine outlines
the role of rent in contemporary neo-liberal capitalism and its
links to practices of 'value capture'. He concludes with a discussion
of the possible reasons for the valorisation of culture in contemporary
neo-liberalism and in particular the example of the cultural industries
in the formation of moral subjectivity.
There will be a MINI BOOKFAIR in
conjunction with Glasgow's Radical
Independent Bookfair project (RIB) -
which has been helping to fill the gap left by the lack of alternative
bookshops, radical events and platforms for imaginative and independent
voices in our city - http://www.ribproject.org
Event also supported by:
Autonomi - http://www.autonomi.tv
Electron Club - http://www.electronclub.org
City Strolls - http://www.citystrolls.com
a PDF of the flier here.
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