The Value of Culture

The Value of Culture

By Arjo Klamer
Book Description

Culture manifests itself in everything human, including the ordinary business of everyday life. Culture and art have their own value, but economic values are also constrained. Art sponsorships and subsidies suggest a value that exceeds market price. So what is the real value of culture? Unlike the usual focus on formal problems, which has 'de-cultured' and 'de-moralized' the practice of economics, this book brings together economists, philosophers, historians, political scientists and artists to try to sort out the value of culture. This is a book not only for economists and social scientists, but also for anybody actively involved in the world of the arts and culture.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Introduction to the Conversation
  • 1 The Value of Culture
  • Part One: On Value
  • 2 The Value of Art: A Philosophical Perspective
  • 3 The Value of Culture: A Dialogue
  • 4 “The Good, the Bad and the Different”: Reflections on Economic and Aesthetic Value
  • Part Two: On the Value of Art
  • 5 The Value of Public Art as Public Culture
  • 6 Market Value and Artists’ Earnings
  • 7 Big City, Great Art: A Myth about Art Production
  • 8 The Value of Play
  • 9 The Artistic Conscience and the Production of Value
  • Part Three: On Culture
  • 10 Political Culture and the Economic Value of Citizenship: A French-Dutch Comparison in the Nineteenth Century
  • 11 The Value of National Identity
  • 12 Missing Ethics in Economics
  • Part Four: On Art
  • 13 The Value of Warhol
  • 14 The Value of Making Art: A Conversation with the Artists
  • Notes
  • Index
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