Abstract: The cultural industries sector employed 4.5% of all employees in Britain in 1991: equal in size to the construction industry, or to the combined employment in the Agricultural, and the Extractive Industries. However, this sector has remained relatively under analyzed in both the geographical and planning literature. The paper begins by defining the Cultural Industries Production System (CIPS). The second part operationalizes this definition with respect to secondary sources on employment in the CIPS in Britain. The third part considers the change in the employment structure of the CIPS between 1984 and 1991, and finally, the paper addresses the regional patterns of employment in the CIPS with particular emphasis upon London and the South East.
Introduction: Despite the diverse labours of a small group of cultural economists, sociologists of art, and scholars of communications studies the accepted wisdom remains that cultural industrial production is both ephemeral to developed economies, and/or dependent upon more productive parts of those same economies. As a result these industries have seldom been considered deserving of serious or rigorous academic analysis. Where analyses have been carried out they have commonly focused on individual industries, or parts thereof, rather than the broader cultural industries production system. Historically, there may have been some justification in such a stance. However, such a position is now difficult to sustain given the recent growth of the cultural industries in terms of their volume, value and range of output. In addition to this absolute growth, in many developed economies the relative importance of the cultural industries has grown as de industrialization has occurred..
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