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Title: Social networks in cultural industries : fashion, new media and network development policy in Manchester
Author: Gu, Xin
ISNI:       0000 0001 3521 6117
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject of 'cultural industries'. The term has been mostly debated within subjects of social economics, economic geography and cultural studies alongside the public interests in the term. The aim of this research is to investigating the role of social networks in the development of cultural industries and the proposition of network development policy. It is based on the review of dominant critics about the commodification or the exploitation of social relationships in cultural industries and how it is an outcome of increasing individualization. Through qualitative interviews and ethnographical case studies, this thesis attempts to draw attention to the social, cultural or aesthetic aspects of the networks. The uniqueness of this research hence comes from its focus on the sociological explanation for networking instead of relying on theories within economics, economic geography or political economy alone. Although these areas have been most fruitful in concerning the functionality of social networks, it is felt in this research that the non-instrumental roles of these social networks are under-represented. The results show the tendency of a rejuvenation of social responsibility, creative authenticity and other non-instrumental aspects in developing interpersonal relationship in the independent cultural sectors in Manchester. In particular, the increasing integration between these non-instrumental aspects and the economic functions in these industries suggests that it is a 'constitutive' progress - it is not only about making a living as an artist but also about living like one. These new affective communities in cultural industries become very attractive to the development of local creative economy despite that it imposes real challenges to local policy makers. The role and practice of CIDS in terms of forming networking infrastructures for local cultural businesses provide templates to understand both tensions and conflicts among the parties involved.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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