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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 ...

Ethnographic Snapshots: Visions of Cities
Ethnographic snapshots: Visions of cities

This essay is built around snapshots of Hanoi, Cape Town and Detroit that demonstrate how large-scale development projects transform not only the built environment but also the cultural fabric of everyday life. Cultural policy discussions that relate only to art or artifacts neglect the major issues thrown up by globalization in cities around the world. This essay examines how urban policies that emphasize achievement of ‘world-city status’ are transforming the cultural life of cities. Often these transformations tangibly impact the art, artists, and physical urban artifacts that cultural policy seeks to protect.


While urban settlements have historically served different purposes as religious, political, or commercial centers, cities in the twenty-first century have more in common than ever ...

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