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The Economy of Prestige

Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value

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$28.50 • £22.95 • €25.50

ISBN 9780674030435

Publication Date: 12/15/2008

Academic Trade

432 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

17 halftones


  • Introduction: Prizes and the Study of Culture
  • I. The Age of Awards
    • 1. Prize Frenzy
    • 2. Precursors of the Modern Cultural Prize
    • 3. The Logic of Proliferation
    • 4. Prizes as Entertainment
  • II. Peculiarities of the Awards Industry
    • 5. The Making of a Prize
    • 6. Taste Management
    • 7. Trophies as Objects of Production and Trade
  • III. The Game and Its Players
    • 8. Scandalous Currency
    • 9. The New Rhetoric of Prize Commentary
    • 10. Strategies of Condescension, Styles of Play
  • IV. The Global Economy of Cultural Prestige
    • 11. The Arts as International Sport
    • 12. The New Geography of Prestige
    • 13. Prizes and the Politics of World Culture
  • Appendix A. The Rise of the Prize
  • Appendix B. Prizes and Commerce
  • Appendix C. Winner Take All: Six Lists
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A New York Magazine Best Academic Book of 2005
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