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Lily Kong

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Chapter 15: Creative Economy, Global City: Globalizing Discourses and the Implications for Local Arts

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Creative Economy, Global City: Globalizing Discourses and the Implications for Local Arts
Creative economy, global city: Globalizing discourses and the implications for local arts
LilyKong

This chapter examines the diffusion and circulation of knowledges of the ‘creative economy’ and the ‘global city’. First, the author focuses on two dimensions of the ‘creative economy’ normative policy script that has travelled from the USA and Western Europe to East and Southeast Asia, namely, the development of creative industry clusters, and the attraction of the ‘creative class’ as residents. Using the examples of Singapore and Shanghai, she demonstrates how the logics of creative clusters and creative class do not always translate into sustainable aesthetic practices. Second, she examines the ways in which monumentality constitutes symbolic capital for the global city, ...

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