Cities of Culture: A Global Perspective by Deborah Stevenson

By Deborah Stevenson

Tradition now has a favorite position at the city coverage and re-profiling agendas of towns worldwide. City-based cultural making plans emphasising creativity in all its guises has emerged as an important neighborhood coverage initiative, whereas the thought of the ‘creative urban’ has turn into an city imaging cliché. The proliferation of neighborhood blueprints for cultural planning/creative towns has been outstanding, whereas supra-state our bodies akin to the eu Union and UNESCO also are fostering using tradition in techniques to restore towns and concrete economies and to model areas as ‘different’.

Cities of Culture highlights major traits in cultural making plans on account that its inception, revealing and analysing key discourses and influential (globally-circulating) manifestos and procedures, in addition to their interpretation and implementation in particular locations. just about examples drawn from Europe, Australia, Asia and North the US, Cities of tradition provides insights into the applying of city cultural ideas in numerous neighborhood, nationwide and foreign contexts, highlighting regularities, tensions and intersections in addition to middle underpinning assumptions.

This publication explores the now-pervasive expectation that cultural making plans is in a position to reaching quite a lot of social, fiscal, city and artistic results. will probably be of curiosity for college students and students of city sociology, city reports, cultural coverage stories and human geography.

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Within this tradition cultural difference and a multiplicity of urban cultures are not only acknowledged but often celebrated. Moreover, this approach does not suggest that the urban environment in some way determines urban culture or causes people to act in certain ways or adopt particular dispositions. Rather, culture is regarded as being actively created by city dwellers through their engagements with, and in, urban space. In pursuing this research agenda, there are some whose main interest is in understanding the cultures of the cities of the West in all their diversity and complexity; but there are also others who argue that it is important to take a broader view and challenge the distinction between life in the ‘modern’ Western city and that experienced in the cities of the ‘rest’.

Finally, O’Connor argues that markets were originally embraced by cultural planning in the context of ‘socio-cultural practices’ and the mixed economy, which was not the embrace of neoliberal rational choice. In O’Connor’s assessment: Looking at the energies and hopes invested in the cultural industries agenda by many local policy actors in the late 1980s, we might see in this embrace of markets and technology for a new democratic urban culture a re-invention, a final recall before it disappeared from view, of the great social-democratic and indeed socialist modernisations of the 1920s and 30s.

Cultural planners Phil Wood and Charles Landry (2008: 317) claim that while ‘[d]ynamic cities have always attracted migrants’, what matters is not their presence but attitudes towards them and the ways in which these attitudes are expressed in everyday routines and practices of engagement and avoidance. The presence of diversity does not necessarily foster an urban culture that is tolerant, or indeed, ‘dynamic’, because with cultural diversity comes the ‘potential for conflict’ (Wood and Landry 2008: 317) and, as discussed above, ‘wall building’.

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