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City of art as a High Culture local system and cultural districtualization processes: the cluster of art restoration in Florence

  • Luciana Lazzeretti

This article engages in the debate on cultural economics that has recently become more intense in Italy, in order to focus on two particular aspects: the city of art as an autonomous socio-economic unit of analysis, and the hypothesis of its districtualization as a driving force for culture-driven and sustainable economic development. In the article we consider the city of art as a typology of a High Culture local system and we test some hypotheses of cultural districtualization in the art city of Florence. Thus, we concentrate on the 'artistic component' of the productive factor CANH, taking into account only private firms that operate in the field of art restoration and are localized in the Florence city territory. With this as our aim, we undertook an analysis and integration of the questionnaires collected in research by ARTEX (1998) that accounted for 145 firms in the cluster of art restoration. Our analyses brought to light a few interesting signs that evidence the occurrence of different degrees of cultural districtualization. Copyright Joint Editors and Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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Volume (Year): 27 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 635-648

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ijurrs:v:27:y:2003:i:3:p:635-648
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