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City Cultures and Postmodern Lifestyles
City cultures and postmodern lifestyles

How are we to understand the recent growth of interest in city cultures and urban lifestyles? On one level we can rightfully argue that cities have always had cultures in the sense that they have produced distinctive cultural products, artefacts, buildings and distinctive ways of life. It is possible to be even more ‘culturalist’ and assert that the very organization of space, the layout of buildings, is itself a manifestation of particular cultural codes. In this case particular ‘deep’ culture codes may dispose us to see cities as for example primarily economic, functional or aesthetic entities. If there is a switch from say a more economic and functional emphasis to a more cultural and aesthetic emphasis ...

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