Making Places While Building Networks
An Exploration of the Role of the Urban Environment in Book PublishingeBook - 2012
The Amsterdam ring of canals is a much beloved location for Dutch book publishers. An exposition of the meaning of this ur¬ban environment for publishers adds to the existing knowledge on book publishers and their business locations. It also contrib¬utes to our understanding of the role of urban place in cultural production by looking at cultural production from a relatively unexplored angle - that of the cultural intermediary - and by conceptualizing place as a dynamic concept. Publishers function as cultural intermediaries by bringing togeth¬er the creation of cultural value and the selling of cultural prod¬ucts. An exploration of the meaning of urban place for cultural intermediaries in building reputation and trust in their personal networks with authors, booksellers, colleagues and the press, shows that place is more than geographical proximity and is not a static condition for knowledge spill-overs: it is a process, one that is interdependent on social networks.
Publisher: Amsterdam : Pallas, 2012.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (185 pages) : illustrations