Cultural Commons

Cultural Commons

A New Perspective on the Production and Evolution of Cultures

Edited by Enrico Bertacchini, Giangiacomo Bravo, Massimo Marrelli and Walter Santagata

This compelling book offers a fresh and novel approach to study cultural and artistic expression from the perspective of ‘the commons’. It demonstrates how identifying cultures as shared resources is useful in eliciting the main factors and social dilemmas affecting the production and evolution of cultural expression.

Chapter 4: The Cultural Economy of Landscape and prospects for peripheral development in the twenty-first century: the case of the English Lake District

Allen J. Scott

Subjects: economics and finance, cultural economics

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* Allen J. Scott STAY, bold Adventurer . . . Know . . . That on the summit whither thou art bound, A geographic labourer pitched his tent, With books supplied and instruments of art. William Wordsworth, Written with a Slate Pencil on a Stone, on the Side of the Mountain of Black Comb (1813) 1 INTRODUCTION Much has been made in late years of the ever-intensifying convergence of economy and culture in modern society (for example, Philo and Kearns 1993; Lash and Urry 1994; Molotch 2002; Scott 2008). The literature on this issue is marked by many different subthemes and considerable disagreement, but one of the more vigorous avenues of research that has emerged over the last couple of decades has focused on regional production complexes devoted to the creation and commercialization of cultural outputs, from film and music to fashion and furniture (Scott and Power 2004). This particular line of scholarship draws heavily on classical Marshallian concepts of industrial district development and regional growth, with their emphasis on agglomerations of specialized but complementary firms, associated local labor markets, and innovative activity (Scott 1988; Storper 1997; Cooke and Morgan 1998). An allied but rather less developed line of investigation revolves around 59 M2940 - BERTACCHINI TEXT.indd 59 27/07/2012 16:42 60 Cultural commons situations where economy and culture also converge together into intertwined regional entities, but where (in contrast to the normal industrial district case) the outputs are essentially immobile and can therefore only be consumed in situ (Scott 2004). Such circumstances often involve quite narrowly...

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