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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 ...

Vancouver: The Enigmatic Emerging Cultural Metropolis
Vancouver: The enigmatic emerging cultural metropolis
CatherineMurray and TomHutton

This chapter explores the recent growth of Vancouver as a classic case of the post-Fordist economy that is deeply insinuated in local-global flows of capital and immigrants. A sophisticated system of cultural governance, combined with a self-conscious design doctrine of ‘Vancouverism’ have enabled a diversified cultural economy to emerge. The hyper-pluralist, trans-local cultural milieu is characterized by small to medium-sized enterprises, a progressive ensemble of regulation and redistribution, and pockets of aesthetic excellence. Vancouver has evolved impressively as a place with both limitations and vital cultural potential, despite its systemic marginalization by the federal government.


Vancouver celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011. Its metropolitan area population is now the size that the ‘global ...

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