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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 ...

City Comparisons
City comparisons
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Mexico City
  • Berlin
  • New York City
  • Istanbul
  • São Paulo
  • London
  • Shanghai L'viv
  • 1Foreign Born Residents / Migrants
  • 2 Size of Age Group 25–39
  • 3 Religious Inhomogeneity
  • 4 Employment Rate
  • 5 Percentage of Higher Educated Citizens
  • 6 Employees 3rd Sector

While the following nine suites present cities in more detail, this suite offers a comparative overview of all of them. Data were collected for six dimensions, each related to a city's heterogeneity. The basic hypothesis is that greater heterogeneity across these dimensions contributes to a city's capacity for what could be called 'positive creative developments'.

The Six Dimensions are
  • Foreign-born residents and migrants: A larger share of foreign-born residents or migrants increases the amount of new and foreign cultural capital and networks brought into the city. This in turn spurs the creation of new and hybrid ...
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