Sociology Index

Cultural Industries

Sociology of Films, Sociology of Music, Sociology of Arts

What are the "cultural industries"? How are "cultural industries" changing? What is the role of "cultural industries" in contemporary society? Movies, Television and radio are pure art no more. Movies, Television and radio are cultural industries for profit. The term ‘creative industries’ is now being used to represent media, mass media, culture industries and also a many related industries from fashion to design. Cultural Industries corrupt and pollute minds. Cultural Industries are also the cause of increasing violence in society. UNESCO and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade define cultural industries as industries that combine the creation, production, and distribution of goods and services that are cultural in nature and also state that these cultural industries are usually protected by intellectual property rights.

The Cultural Industries - Book by David Hesmondhalgh
"The Cultural Industries is a guide to the main forces at work in the production of media today." - Todd Gitlin, Columbia University. The Cultural Industries combines a political economy approach with the best aspects of cultural studies, sociology, communication studies and social theory to provide an overview of the key debates surrounding cultural production. Hesmondhalgh's overview of political-economic, organizational, technological and cultural change represents an important intervention in research on cultural production.

Cultural Industries in Latin America and the Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities
Over the past decade, the new creative-cultural industries have increasingly become one of the main sources of greater production and employment in many countries. The growth of cultural industries has been mostly limited to the world's richest countries, but a number of low- and middle-income countries have come to recognize that they too can participate in the cultural economy. This study demonstrates the value and the potential for cultural industries in the LAC economy and also identifies the need for a comprehensive approach, structured policies, and targeted interventions aimed at improving the conditions and prospects of these industries. - Quartesan, Alessandra; Romis, Monica; Lanzafame, Francesco.