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The economy of prestige : prizes, awards, and the circulation of cultural value

Author: James F English
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2008.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James F English
ISBN: 9780674030435 0674030435
OCLC Number: 221175319
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: xii, 409 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : Prizes and the study of culture --
Prize frenzy --
Precursors of the modern cultural prize --
The logic of proliferation --
Prizes as entertainment --
The making of a prize --
Taste management --
Trophies as objects of production and trade --
Scandalous currency --
The new rhetoric of prize commentary --
Strategies of condescension, styles of play --
The arts as international sport --
The new geography of prestige --
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.
Responsibility: James F. English.

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