This chapter outlines the themes of the book and how the project came about. It illustrates the potential role cultural economics can play in the analysis of the crafts sector while acknowledging the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to have a full picture of the sector. The book considers the traditional discourse about crafts and craftsmanship which tends to focus on the economic features of the sector, the importance of policies and tools that can be used to avoid short-term effects and, instead, lead the way to a crafts culture that can guarantee the sustainable development of the sector.
KeywordsCrafts economy Cultural economics Sustainable development Crafts culture
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