The Empire of books: reviewing the march of globalisation.

McCleery, Alistair (2009) The Empire of books: reviewing the march of globalisation. In: 7th International Conference of the Book, 16th-18th October 2009, University of Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

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The relationship between trade, political and cultural sovereignty, legal infrastructures and language lies at the core of this paper. Previous accounts of this relationship have been characterised either by a form of technological determinism and/or a teleological sense of new publishing paradigms. It is argued here that the relationship between these factors has been more complex as it must acknowledge a more proactive role played by publishers themselves. In particular, the publisher is seen as a strategic opportunist, taking advantage of social and political circumstances while lobbying for such structural change as is necessary to optimise that exploitation for aspirational and commercial ends. The specific case studies used to illustrate this argument include the Berne Convention, the Traditional Markets Agreement and English-language publishing in Germany.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Globalisation; publishing; territories; copyright; language;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 306 Culture & institutions
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Item ID: 3726
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 13:12
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2010 13:12

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