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The Economics of Symbolic Exchange


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-31
  2. Alexander Dolgin
    Pages 11-67
  3. Alexander Dolgin
    Pages 69-144
  4. Alexander Dolgin
    Pages 145-250
  5. Alexander Dolgin
    Pages 251-322
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 323-502

About this book


The book addresses the mechanisms of culture in the digital age. Its author, professor at Higher School of Economics, tackles a number of highly relevant issues: the modus operandi of culture in a market environment, the role of money in the process and some methods intended to help consumers in the choice of cultural goods which best meet their tastes in a situation of ever increasing commercial cultural output.

The economics of symbolic exchange is a branch of economic science dealing with "personality resources" such as free time, attention, emotions, etc. At present, these assets are virtually unaccounted for, nor used, due to the inherent impossibility of their measurement. As a result, more often than not, the economic thought entering the field of culture proves quite helpless.

The book provides ample factual evidence relating to a whole range of cultural markets: record industry, book publishing, fashion, network resources and others. Special mention is made of the "grey" segments of the economy, such as the role of pirates and illicit dealers, or the activities of semi-legal file sharing services enabling free downloads of music and video material in the cyberspace. These glimpses into the "grey" territory expose holes in the "white" markets and contest certain myths. The material collected in the book comes down to quite a novel outlook on numerous phenomena of contemporary culture.

The key purpose of this work is to introduce into practice some new management tools which are essential for the success of any economic changes in the field of culture, including recommendatory services operating as a social institution of expert consumer analysis of cultural goods and services.


Cultural Economics Digital Age Experience Goods Music Industry Network Resources economics economy management network personality publishing rating reputation service welfare

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Fund for Scientific StudiesMoscowRussia

About the authors

Alexander Dolgin is Professor and head of the Chair of Economics of Culture at the State University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He has published two books and over one hundred research papers and popular articles. The main focus of his research interests is the institutional economics of culture, which covers diverse topics such as the deteriorating cultural selection processes, the economics of creative reputations, the theory of the welfare of culture, the economics of the copyright and many others.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Economics of Symbolic Exchange
  • Authors Alexander Dolgin
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Alexander Dolgin and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-79882-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-09865-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-79883-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 503
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Microeconomics
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