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Hollyworld : Space, Power, and Fantasy in the American Economy - Aida Hozic


Space, Power, and Fantasy in the American Economy


Published: 20th December 2001
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Hollywood is currently one of the largest and most profitable sectors of the U.S. economy. In just a few decades, it has transformed itself from a dying company town into a merchandising emporium of movies, games, and licensed characters. It is quickly moving even further into cyberspace, virtual reality, and digital imaging. Aida Hozic writes of these enormous changes in the film industry from a novel perspective: by tracing shifts in spatial organization of film production from the enclosed worlds of old Hollywood studios through globally dispersed location shooting to digital production and distribution.

Hozic's fascinating tale of latter-day capitalism suggests that the physical reorganization of production-across the American economy, but in Hollywood in particular-alters material and conceptual boundaries between work and leisure, public and private, reality and fantasy. Particular economic regimes and forms of spatial organization have specific moral implications, and so the story of Hollywood's cultural production is partly a story of censorship and moral surveillance.

Hozic's account of industrial change in Hollywood, and of its attempts at moral control over the production of fantasy, is an illuminating confrontation with the peculiar nature of Hollywood's political authority and of its complex power.

"This ambitious study of the political economy of Hollywood, past and present, utilizes recent theories of cultural geography to offer the reader an often fresh understanding of the film industry's historical development."-Virginia Quarterly Review 78:4

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Into the Zonesp. 1
Hollywood in the Studiop. 37
Hollywood on Locationp. 83
Hollywood in Cyberspacep. 133
Conclusion: Beyond the Zonesp. 169
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780801439261
ISBN-10: 0801439264
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 20th December 2001
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.581