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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 ...

Shanghai: Images of Modernity
Shanghai: Images of modernity
JustinO'Connor and XinGu

This chapter examines Shanghai's use of culture to position itself as a global city and how a particular narrative has informed western commentators and Shanghai policy-makers alike. They also analyze the development of cultural infrastructure and the parallel separation of art and entertainment, with contemporary art as an unexpected challenge, but one the city successfully negotiated. They look at the marketization of culture, tracing the connections between market reforms in culture and those in the wider economy. They argue that the half-formed or distorted use of western concepts such as ‘creative industries’ or ‘creative clusters’, rather than indicating a duplicity or an incomplete modernity, actually highlight some of the complicities of canonical cultural policy.

Introduction: Development and ...
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