The Resource Creative destruction, Tyler Cowen

Creative destruction, Tyler Cowen

Label
Creative destruction
Title
Creative destruction
Statement of responsibility
Tyler Cowen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A Frenchman rents a Hollywood movie. A Thai schoolgirl mimics Madonna. Saddam Hussein chooses Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as the theme song for his fifty-fourth birthday. It is a commonplace that globalization is subverting local culture. But is it helping as much as it hurts? In this strikingly original treatment of a fiercely debated issue, Tyler Cowen makes a bold new case for a more sympathetic understanding of cross-cultural trade. Creative destruction brings not stale suppositions but an economist's eye to bear on an age-old question: Are market exchange and aesthetic quality friends or foes? On the whole, argues Cowen in clear and vigorous prose, they are friends. Cultural "destruction" breeds not artistic demise but diversity. Through an array of colorful examples from the areas where globalization's critics have been most vocal, Cowen asks what happens when cultures collide through trade, whether technology destroys native arts, why (and whether) Hollywood movies rule the world, whether "globalized" culture is dumbing down societies everywhere, and if national cultures matter at all. Scrutinizing such manifestations of "indigenous" culture as the steel band ensembles of Trinidad, Indian handweaving, and music from Zaire, Cowen finds that they are more vibrant than ever--thanks largely to cross-cultural trade. For all the pressures that market forces exert on individual cultures, diversity typically increases within society, even when cultures become more like each other. Trade enhances the range of individual choice, yielding forms of expression within cultures that flower as never before. While some see cultural decline as a half-empty glass, Cowen sees it as a glass half-full with the stirrings of cultural brilliance
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cowen, Tyler
Dewey number
306
Index
index present
LC call number
HM621
LC item number
.C69 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Creative destruction
  • Culture and globalization
  • Cultural relations
  • International relations and culture
  • Culture
  • Mondialisation
  • Relations culturelles
  • Relations internationales et culture
Label
Creative destruction, Tyler Cowen
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"How globalization is changing the world's cultures."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-171) and index
Contents
Trade between cultures -- Global culture ascendant: the roles of wealth and technology -- Ethos and the tragedy of cultural loss -- Why Hollywood rules the world, and whether we should care -- Dumbing down and the least common denominator -- Should national culture matter?
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 179 p.
Isbn
9780691117836
Lccn
2001059166
Note
Faculty of Arts Students Endowment Fund
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1396485-01umb_inst
  • 921501
  • (Sirsi) AQH-9944
  • (OCoLC)48620240
Label
Creative destruction, Tyler Cowen
Publication
Note
"How globalization is changing the world's cultures."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-171) and index
Contents
Trade between cultures -- Global culture ascendant: the roles of wealth and technology -- Ethos and the tragedy of cultural loss -- Why Hollywood rules the world, and whether we should care -- Dumbing down and the least common denominator -- Should national culture matter?
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 179 p.
Isbn
9780691117836
Lccn
2001059166
Note
Faculty of Arts Students Endowment Fund
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1396485-01umb_inst
  • 921501
  • (Sirsi) AQH-9944
  • (OCoLC)48620240

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