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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 ...

Paris: A Process of Metropolitanization
Paris: A process of metropolitanization
Stephen W.Sawyer and MathiasRouet

While Paris has been at the heart of globalization for centuries, the current phase of globalization provides a new context for thinking about the city's cultural policy and governance. Focusing on the wider metropolitan region, this chapter introduces some of the dominant contours of these transformations. Its authors claim that Parisian culture is increasingly defined by new territorial fault lines. The traditional policies of decentralization have been confronted by new spatial logics. The development of cultural goods and practices in the metropolitan region has generated new ideas about their production and consumption, and the contexts within which the two processes are possible.


Globalization is a historical process and as such the place of Paris ...

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