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Places and their Culture: the Evolution of Dutch Cultural Industries from an International Perspective, 1600 - 2000

 

Start project

2006-02-12

End Project

2011-11-15

Main topic

The relationship between the local embeddedness and the global connectedness of three selected Dutch cultural industries (architectural design, visual arts, and publishing) from a long-term comparative perspective

Description

The project aims at exploring long-term developments in the relationship between cities and the production of culture from a theoretical perspective that combines the analytical framework of spatial clustering with that of path-dependent dynamics. Cultural industries are becoming more important as sources of employment and income in postindustrial cities. Successful cultural industries tend to cater to an international market, but derive their competitive edge from their local embeddedness. The social, cultural and institutional context is crucial in generating products with unique qualities, which help to escape competition on price. These local contexts tend to have deep historical roots and are products of complex coevolutionary processes.    

                                                 

Cultural industries tend to agglomerate together in dense specialised clusters resembling (neo) Marshallian industrial districts. Clustering promotes the flows of knowledge or spillover necessary to sustain more or less permanent innovation. Processes of innovation are contingent on historically formed local institutional contexts. Hence, the need for innovation strengthens the significance of agglomeration economies. These agglomeration economies may become more significant over time as dedicated institutions (further) evolve that help the process

of matching specialised demand and specialised supply on the local labour market, contributing to increasing the skills and knowledge of workers, stimulating spillovers of knowledge, or facilitating access to markets. Co-evolution of institutions, consequently, may imply increasing returns over a period of time and thus further contribute to the competitive edge of a specific cultural industry in a particular place.

 

In the project we explore the relationship between the local embeddedness and the global connectedness of three selected Dutch cultural industries (architectural design, visual arts, and publishing) from a long-term comparative perspective. By comparing the evolution of these three key cultural industries with developments in, on the one hand, leading cities in the global urban hierarchy, and on the other, cities with a similar current status in that hierarchy as Amsterdam, the relationship between the local and the global can be systematically explored. 

Activities

  • Postdoctoral Research: The Evolution of Dutch Cultural Industries from an International Perspective
  • PhD project 1: The Evolution of Dutch Cultural Industries, 1900-2000
  • PhD project 2: The Evolution of Dutch Cultural Industries, 1600-1900

Participants

  • University of Amsterdam: Prof. dr. R.C. Kloosterman, Dr. M.N. Lavanga, Drs. M. Deinema
  • Utrecht University: Prof. dr. M.R. Prak, C. Rasterhoff MA

Funding body

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Co-ordinator

Prof. dr. R.C. Kloosterman

Contact details

Prof. dr. R.C. Kloosterman

Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130
1018 VZ Amsterdam
Fax: +31205254051
E-mail: r.c.kloosterman@uva.nl

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