The Cultural Economy

January 2009 -

The cultural economy showed spectacular growth in the past decade, but at the same time this wealth is particularly unequally distributed. The Cultural Economy, part two in a series of books on culture and globalisation, takes an in-depth look into the relationship between culture and economic change. The book bundles insights from an extremely wide variety of disciplines.

In 27 chapters and hundreds of pages, statistics and graphs describe and analyse the entire spectrum of the cultural economy and the role that culture plays in development. Moreover, the book does this in an interesting and highly-readable manner. A summary of all key points and short text boxes with concrete examples complete this standard reference book.


The Cultural Economy is the second volume in the Cultures and Globalization series, with an introduction by Gilberto Gil, musician and former Minister of Culture of Brazil, and 27 articles by scientists, activists and artists.

The series is published by Sage and financially supported by organisations including the Prince Claus Fund, Sida and the Gulbenkian Foundation.

Helmut Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar – The Cultural Economy
Sage Publications, Londen, 2007
 $59.95 (paperback), $130.00 (hardback)