Discussion about the cultural economy can be differentiated by how the two terms are linked: as an adjective (‘cultural’ economy) or as a compound noun (‘cultural economy’). The notion of a ‘cultural’ economy refers to the cultural dimensions of economic activity (the design or marketing of any product or service; or, simply, the social dimensions of the organization of production). The term ‘cultural economy’ is indicative of a particular subsection of economic activity which is concerned with cultural products and activities (such as music, film, and fine art) as opposed to say transportation or mining. The structure of this article reflects this division while at the same time crosscutting, and underpinning, these distinctions with three further ones: a notion of transition, the concept of commodification, and the production–consumption dualism. The problem with the term ‘cultural’ is that it is used as a general modifier of terms (cultural industries, cultural communication), and it could be argued that everything is ‘cultural’ in one way or another in the sense that it has a cultural dimension. So, we need to proceed with care in the context of such ambiguous usage.
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