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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 ...

São Paulo: Rich Culture, Poor Access
São Paulo: Rich culture, poor access
Maria CarolinaVasconcelos-Oliveira

This chapter analyses cultural policy and governance in yet another city that combines rich and diverse cultural production with great inequality of access. In São Paulo, cultural dynamism and inequality are two sides of the same development process. Adopting a cultural democracy perspective, the author reflects on the challenges involved in elaborating cultural policy in this context, which involves multiple actors, strategies and cultural contents. On this basis, she poses some general questions with a view to suggesting guidelines for planning and evaluating cultural policies in São Paulo and similar settings.


Like other very big urban areas in the global South, São Paulo is a huge city that seems to have been built by ...

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