Introduction
Culture, value, Shakespeare
in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores the implications of the often invoked distinctions between intrinsic and contingent value and the ways that they are played out through the idea of value in markets. It deals with the discussion of value in William Shakespeare's plays. The book suggests that the different kinds of work undertaken significantly influence the value of the 'Shakespeare' that is produced by them. It shows how the discussions of culture involve both narratives of cultural change and ways of managing the knowledge in order to arrive at definitions of culture as valuable. The book then addresses the way that 'culture' is represented by cultural objects and content whose management and distribution have become a matter for political and organizational contest in twenty-first century England.

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