Cultural Political Economy

  • Jannick Schou
  • Morten Hjelholt


This chapter provides an introduction to the main theoretical current engaged in this book, namely cultural political economy (CPE). CPE is a post-disciplinary trajectory within (critical) political economy that seeks to rethink the role of culture within political economy. Outlining the main ontological, epistemological and ethical commitments of CPE, including the various twists and turns this orientation locates itself against, the chapter specifies the main concepts operationalized in this book. This includes, most prominently, the notion of discursive, structural, agential and technological selectivities, as well as the production of (counter-)hegemonies. Taken together, this theoretical chapter provides the intellectual backdrop to the remainder of the book. It explicates the philosophical underpinnings and political engagements of this work.


Cultural political economy Material Semiotic Selectivities Post-disciplinarity Ontological turn 


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  • Jannick Schou
    • 1
  • Morten Hjelholt
    • 1
  1. 1.IT University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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