Cultural Economy: Cultural Analysis and Commercial Life by Paul Du Gay, Michael Pryke

By Paul Du Gay, Michael Pryke

Phrases comparable to "corporate culture," "market culture" and the "knowledge economy," have now get to grips clarion calls on the earth of labor. they're calls that experience echoed via organisations and markets. sincerely whatever is occurring to the methods markets and businesses are being represented and intervened in and this signs a necessity to re-examine their very structure. particularly, the as soon as fresh divide that put the financial system, handled typically by means of economists, on one facet, and tradition, addressed mainly by way of these in anthropology, sociology and the opposite "cultural sciences," at the different, can not carry.

This quantity offers the paintings of a global workforce of lecturers from more than a few disciplines together with sociology, media and cultural reports, social anthropology and geography, all of whom are concerned not just in pondering "culture" into the economic climate yet pondering tradition and economic climate together.  

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In this chapter I explore the character and some of the limits of calculative (and therefore of economic) agency and its practices by using STS tools and drawing primarily, though not exclusively, on empirical material derived from Daresbury. First, I argue that practices, subjects and ‘cultures’ (including those of calculation and economics) may be understood as materially heterogeneous relations. This is a particular claim of STS, though it resonates with other – for instance, Foucauldian and feminist – traditions Second, I suggest that these relations, subjects and cultures are enacted or performed, and that it is important to explore the strategies or styles of those enactments and performances.

G. in the form of manpower booking figures) or as a result of the actions of the operators. To enter the spreadsheet-world at all, both performance 27 cultural economy CE Part I/Chapter 1 28 2/1/2002 12:59 pm Page 28 operators and values have to take symbolic form. 14 There is no room for that which cannot be expressed or treated either in terms of symbolic logic, or in terms of arithmetical, statistical or other mathematical operations. Second, since the kind of spreadsheet-world we’re most interested in here is statistical and arithmetical, economically relevant, we can specify this homogenization further.

On the one hand, they generated costs in relation to the laboratory as a whole. And on the other hand, they produced figures in relation to individual items, purchases, wage bills and all the rest. With the advent of economic liberalism and the need to sell services and bid ‘realistically’ for the supply of particular projects, the definition of ‘real costs’ shifted to the level of the project – that is to say, they came into being somewhere between the level of the individual items, on the one hand, and the overall cost of the laboratory, on the other.

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