Cultural economy: a critical review

  title={Cultural economy: a critical review},
  author={Chrissie Gibson and Lily Kong},
  journal={Progress in Human Geography},
  pages={541 - 561}
This article reviews work on `cultural economy', particularly from within geography, and from other disciplines, where there are links to overtly geographical debates. We seek to clarify different interpretations of the term and to steer a course through this multivalency to suggest productive new research agendas. We review and critique work on cultural economy that represents a relatively straightforward economic geography, based on empirical observation while theoretically informed and… 
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