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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 ...

New York City: City Culture as Public Display
New York city: City culture as public display
DavidHalle and LouiseMirrer

Cultural policy in New York City has evolved from a time when rapid movement between the city and the world brought diverse cultural expression to New York, to a time when new technologies have so compressed time and space that the expression of global cultures requires no movement at all. This chapter speaks to New York's shifting cultural priorities over nearly 400 years, asking how well suited – or not – the city's cultural priorities may be to its current stage of globalization.

Global from the Start

Founded in the early 1600s as a Dutch trading post, New York from the start has been a cultural ‘mixing bowl’ – attracting ...

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