An Anthropological Analysis of Book fairs

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dc.contributor.author Moeran, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-02
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-02T13:31:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-02T13:31:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8150
dc.description.abstract This working paper examines the role of international book fairs in the global publishing industry, and in particular their relation to the publishing cycle, chain and field. It outlines some relevant historical features, as well as main functions, of fairs, before describing in detail the daily activities of an independent academic publisher at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Analysis of the book fair takes place at two levels. The first focuses on the importance of visibility in a fair’s timing and location, as well as in the location and size of participants’ stands, inclusion in the fair catalogue, business deals, and social gatherings. The second examines the book fair as a tournament of values, or ritual tournament, in terms of its framing, membership and currency. The argument presented is that the currency of copyright is not dissimilar to a form of gift exchange and that, as a result, a book is both commodity and gift. It is in the shadow of the gift that the commodity of the book is produced, distributed, sold and read. en_US
dc.format.extent 26 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher Copenhagen Business School en_US
dc.subject.other Book fair, Copyright, Gifts and commodities, Publishing industry, Ritual tournament, Values, Visibility en_US
dc.title An Anthropological Analysis of Book fairs en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt10jul02 siso en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Interkulturel Kommunikation og Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IKL en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Intercultural Communication and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort IKL en_US
dc.idnumber x656557140 en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2008 en_US


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