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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 ...

Marseille–Provence 2013: Cultural Capital, but for What Kind of Europe and under Which Globalization?
Marseille–provence 2013: Cultural capital, but for what kind of Europe and under which globalization?

This account of the cultural process in Marseille focuses on the challenges, opportunities and tensions within the preparations that are being made by the city-region ‘Marseille–Provence’ to become a ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2013 (together with Košice in Slovakia). This collection of Mediterranean municipalities has rich cultural assets and an enviable geo-cultural position. In the context of globalization, however, notably migratory flows and worldwide transcultural connections, the author discusses how these preparations present a range of challenges, tensions and perhaps some missed opportunities.

Introduction: The Potential

Strategically placed at the centre of the western Mediterranean – but facing strong ...

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