A New Perspective on the Production and Evolution of Cultures
Edited by Enrico Bertacchini, Giangiacomo Bravo, Massimo Marrelli and Walter Santagata
This volume explores how cultures may be analyzed under the perspective of the “commons” and what are the implications for cultural production and evolution. Cultures may be regarded as humanly constructed shared resources that arise from the collective and interactive activity of members of groups and communities. The idea of this book arose from the First CSS–EBLA International Workshop on Cultural Commons held in Turin in January 2010. As the debate concerning humanly constructed commons has broadened in the last decade to encompass several intangible resources, the workshop was intended to open up and systematize the debate on a specific type of resource, namely cultural expression, cultures and cultural resources. Although several works have embraced the “commons” perspective to analyze the emerging enclosure movement threatening several cultural and intellectual domains, the workshop has highlighted that a broader research agenda could be set up. For instance, the various contributions prove that analyzing cultures as a commons allows a better and general understanding of the dynamics and of the main factors affecting the production, sharing and evolution of cultural expressions. At the same time, the definition of cultural commons allows scholars to analyze under a unified framework both traditional and more up-to-date cultural phenomena. To our knowledge, this is the first comprehensive work addressing such issues with this novel approach. Working on the idea of cultural commons and trying to define its conceptual boundaries has involved several discussions and rounds of comments and revision. We are very grateful to the organizers...