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Cultural Commons

A New Perspective on the Production and Evolution of Cultures Edited by Enrico Bertacchini, Università di Torino, Italy, Giangiacomo Bravo, Linnaeus University, Sweden, Massimo Marrelli, Università di Napoli and the late Walter Santagata, formerly Università di Torino, Italy
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.
Extent: 272 pp
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Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 78100 005 2
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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.

Adopting the unifying perspective of ‘the cultural commons’, the chapters provide in-depth analysis of a wide range of cultural resources, including traditional cultural expression, heritage, gastronomy and cultural content in virtual worlds. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective and gathering contributions from economic, sociological and legal fields, this timely book proposes a new and complementary research agenda.

Scholars and postgraduate students of cultural economics, cultural studies, and sociology of culture will find this authoritative and essential book invaluable.
‘The concept of the commons as a shared resource capable of yielding collective benefits to people is a well-established one in the social sciences, but its extension to jointly-owned cultural resources is relatively new. This pioneering book explores the idea of a cultural commons as it can be applied in a wide range of areas, including landscapes, art and design, gastronomy, heritage, the performing arts and the online world. Although the book’s chapters are written mainly from the perspective of cultural economics, the scope of the volume is truly interdisciplinary. The book is more than just a comprehensive introduction to the topic. It is also a source of original ideas that will act as a stimulus to further research in the field.’
– David Throsby, Macquarie University, Australia
Contributors: C. Barrère, E. Bertacchini C. Bocchino, Q. Bonnard, P. Borrione, G. Bravo, A. Buzio, A. Carbone, V. Chossat, P. Fiorentino, M. Friel, X. Greffe, C. Hess, M. Marrelli, M. Murphree, A. Re, W. Santagata, A.J. Scott, M. Trimarchi, Y. Zhang
Contents:

Preface

PART I: ENTERING THE FIELD
1. Defining Cultural Commons
Enrico Bertacchini, Giangiacomo Bravo, Massimo Marrelli and Walter Santagata

2. Constructing a New Research Agenda for Cultural Commons
Charlotte Hess

3. Cultural Commons and Cultural Evolution
Giangiacomo Bravo

PART II: FROM CULTURAL DISTRICTS TO CULTURAL COMMONS
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

5. Overlapping Cultural Commons and Districts in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area: Potentials for Local Economic Development
Clara Bocchino and Michael Murphree

6. Structure and Evolution of Two Cultural Commons: Italian Futurism and Milanese Design
Paola Fiorentino and Martha Friel

7. Food, Gastronomy and Cultural Commons
Christian Barrère, Quentin Bonnard and Véronique Chossat

PART III: UNDERSTANDING HERITAGE AS CULTURAL COMMONS
8. Heritage as Cultural Commons: Towards an Institutional Approach of Self-governance
Yan Zhang

9. Cultural Commons and New Concepts Behind the Recognition and Management of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Aldo Buzio and Alessio Re

PART IV: CULTURAL COMMONS IN THE VIRTUAL AND DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT
10. The Role of Mediated Communities in Producing and Sharing Digital Cultures
Xavier Greffe

11. Virtual Worlds, Online Gaming Communities and Cultural Commons
Enrico Bertacchini and Paola Borrione

12. Opera 2.0: Crowdsourcing the Stage
Alessandra Carbone and Michele Trimarchi

PART V: CONCLUSION
13. Cultural Commons: A New Perspective on the Production and Evolution of Cultures
Enrico Bertacchini, Giangiacomo Bravo, Massimo Marrelli and Walter Santagata

Index