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Today is a new metropolitan age and for the first time ever more people live in cities than they do anywhere else. As cities strengthen their international and cultural influence, the global world is acted out most articulately in the world's urban hubs — through its diverse cultures, broad networks and innovative styles of governance. Looking at the city through its internal dynamics, the book examines how governance and cultural policy play out in a national and international framework.

Making a truly global contribution to the literature, editors Isar and Anheier bring together a truly international and highly-respected collection of scholars. In doing so, they skilfully steer debates beyond the city as an economic powerhouse, to cover issues that fully comprehend a city's cultural dynamics and ...

Brazzaville: A Global Village of African Culture
Brazzaville: A global village of African culture

This profile tracks popular culture in the city of Brazzaville in the second half of the twentieth century. Once a colonial capital and capital of Free France, Brazzaville bears the imprints of a rich cultural heritage and ceaseless innovation in literature, music, theater, and dance. After a decade-long genocidal civil war (1993–2002), Brazzaville has been weighed down by a chronic disjuncture between an incapacitated central state and a vibrant popular culture. Congolese artists have remained resilient, however. Galvanized by the war, they have found new paths to creativity, ultimately showing that the devastating impact of globalization has resulted in both homogenization and renewal.

Introduction: The Weight of Recent History

With its rich tradition of ...

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