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Post-Cultural State

Steve Redhead

in We Have Never Been Postmodern

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643448
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652945 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643448.003.0002
Post-Cultural State

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When Tony Blair and Gordon Brown began New Labour's path to power in 1994, they were seen as part of a new ‘postmodern political culture’ which offered all kinds of possibilities, especially in the area of ‘creative industries’. This chapter introduces the concept of the ‘post-cultural state’ into the international debate about the theory and practice of creative industries in the context of this apparent postmodern political culture. This creative industries debate has become part of the so-called ‘new’, or ‘knowledge’, economy — the ‘new capitalism’ even. Although often the cause of deep scepticism, it is a crucial step in the understanding of culture and the economy in the new century.

Keywords: knowledge economy; post-cultural state; political culture; Tony Blair; New Labour; Gordon Brown; creative industries

Chapter.  11335 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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