Cities and Cultures

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Cities and Cultures is a critical account of the relations between contemporary cities and the cultures they produce and which in turn shape them. The book questions perceived ideas of what constitutes a city's culture through case studies in which different kinds of culture - the arts, cultural institutions and heritage, distinctive ways of life-are seen to be differently used in or affected by the development of particular cities. The book does not mask the complexity of this, but explains it in ways accessible to undergraduates.

The book begins with introductory chapters on the concepts of a city and a culture (the latter in the anthropological sense as well as denoting the arts), citing cases from modern literature. The book then moves from a critical account of cultural production in a metropolitan setting to the idea that a city, too, is produced through the characteristic ways of life of its inhabitants. The cultural industries are scrutinised for their relation to such cultures as well as to city marketing, and attention is given to the European Cities of Culture initiative, and to the hybridity of contemporary urban cultures in a period of globalisation and migration. In its penultimate chapter the book looks at incidental cultural forms and cultural means to identify formation; and in its final chapter, examines the permeability of urban cultures and cultural forms. Sources are introduced, positions clarified and contrasted, and notes given for selective further reading.

Playing on the two meanings of culture, Miles takes an unique approach by relating arguments around these meanings to specific cases of urban development today. The book includes both critical commenton a range of literatures - being a truly inter-disciplinary study - and the outcome of the author's field research into urban cultures.

About the Author:
Malcolm Miles is Reader in Cultural Theory at the University of Plymouth, UK

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Malcolm Miles is Reader in Cultural Theory at the University of Plymouth, UK, where he convenes the Critical Spaces Research Group and co-ordinates the doctoral research methods programme for the Faculty of Arts.

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Table of Contents


List of illustrations     vii
List of case studies     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
General introduction     1
Definitions     5
Cities     7
Cultures     29
Notes for further reading     48
Interactions     51
Cities producing culture     53
Culture re-producing cities     75
Notes for further reading     95
Culture industries and cultural policies     97
The culture industries     99
Cities of culture     121
Notes for further reading     143
Interventions     145
Cultural cross-currents     147
Cultural identities     171
Permeable cultures     193
Notes for further reading     211
Bibliography     213
Index     240
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