A Cultural Economic Analysis of Craft

  • Anna Mignosa
  • Priyatej Kotipalli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Anna Mignosa, Priyatej Kotipalli
    Pages 1-12
  3. Definitional Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Ronda L. Brulotte, M. J. R. Montoya
      Pages 15-23
    3. Indrasen Vencatachellum
      Pages 25-37
    4. Priyatej Kotipalli
      Pages 39-48
  4. Policies for Crafts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Anna Mignosa
      Pages 51-60
    3. Lili Jiang
      Pages 61-73
    4. Thora Fjeldsted
      Pages 89-101
    5. Ritu Sethi
      Pages 103-114
    6. Kazuko Goto
      Pages 115-127
    7. Marleen Hofland-Mol, Marion Poortvliet
      Pages 129-142
    8. Julia Bennett
      Pages 143-153
  5. Economic Issues

  6. Future Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Arjo Klamer
      Pages 235-244
    3. Lucia Giuliano
      Pages 245-255
    4. Maikel H. G. Kuijpers
      Pages 257-270
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-312

About this book


Are we aware of the values of craft? In this edited volume, cultural economists, researchers and professionals provide an interdisciplinary discussion of the relevance and contribution of the craft sector to the economy, as well as to society at large.

Mignosa and Kotipalli bring together contributors to compare the craft sector across countries, analysing the role of institutions, educational bodies, organisations and market structure in its evolution and perception. The Western approach to craft and its subordinate position to the arts is contrasted with the prestige of craftmanship in Eastern countries, while the differing ways that craft has attracted the attention of policy agencies, museums, designers and private institutions across regions is also analysed. This volume is vital reading to those interested in the economic features of craft and craftsmanship around the world, as well as for those interested in the importance of policy in bringing about effective sustainable development.

Anna Mignosa is Assistant Professor at the University of Catania, Italy, and Lecturer at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her field of research is cultural economics, specifically cultural heritage and cultural policies. Mignosa is particularly interested in the potential effect of research on society. She had been member of the Board of the Association of Cultural Economics and is one of the founders of Officine Culturali and of CREARE.

Priyatej Kotipalli holds a PhD from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His primary research interest is in the economics of intangible cultural heritage with a special focus on traditional knowledge and skills. He serves on the board of various cultural organisations in the Netherlands and India. He is also member of the National Scientific Committee of Intangible Cultural Heritage, ICOMOS India, and of the Crafts Council of Telengana, India.


Creative economy Sustainability Innovation Traditional knowledge and skills Intangible cultural heritage Art and crafts Cultural management Creative industries UNESCO Cultural policies Innovation in craft Economics of craft Cultural economics Political economy of cultural heritage Hermeneutics Institutions and craft Asian craftsmanship European craftmanship

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Mignosa
    • 1
  • Priyatej Kotipalli
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CataniaCataniaItaly
  2. 2.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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