Cultures and Globalization: Cities, Cultural Policy and Governance

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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 its impact on policy including alternative economies, creativity, migration, diversity, sustainability, education and urban planning.

Innovative in its approach and content, this book is ideal for students, scholars and researchers interested in sociology, urban studies, cultural studies, and public policy.

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Editorial Reviews

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The cultural presence in struggles around political, economic, technical, and legal issues centered in the realities of cities can become catalysts for changes in a whole range of institutional domains - markets, participatory governance, judicial recourse, cultures of engagement and deliberation, and rights for members of the urban community regardless of lineage and origin. The resurgence of the city as a site for research on these major contemporary dynamics is evident in many different disciplines - sociology, anthropology, economic geography, cultural studies, and literary criticism... This volume is a significant contribution to this larger body of research and interpretation... It opens new ground for research, interpretation and policy making in our emergent global urban era
From the Foreword by Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

It is in cities that the multifaceted intersections of culture and globalization are most keenly felt, and most creatively responded to. Comprehensive in thematics and ambitious in scope, this volume is an essential guidebook to understanding the shaping and making of culture and cultural policy in our urbanised world
Ien Ang
Director, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

This is a significant volume that firmly situates the discussion about globalization, cultural production and the challenges for policy formulation in the dynamic, slippery and ever shifting terrain of the contemporary urban condition
Rahul Mehrotra
Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

The fifth volume in the “Cultures and Globalization” series, Cities, Cultural Policy and Governance, edited by Helmut Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar, continues to address the various facets that result from the intersection of culture and globalisation... Throughout the book it is clear that the editors have taken great pains to demonstrate the speed with which the new “glocal” culture has come to dominate cultural policy decisions and the direction of governance, ensuring that debates and information are as up to date as possible. When we come to the city case studies the same is true, with the key issues faced by London referencing the 2011 riots, and the impact of the growing global financial crisis... Overall, a great introduction to an interesting collection of ideas, which should give the reader the impetus they need to explore further.

Rebecca Litchfield
LSE Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446201237
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/2/2012
  • Series: Cultures and Globalization Series
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,159,513
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Helmut K. Anheier (PhD, Yale) is Dean and Professor of
Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He holds a chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and serves as Academic Director of the Center for Social Investment. From 2001 to 2009, he was Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA's School of
Public Affairs and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.
Professor Anheier founded and directed the Centre for Civil Society at LSE and the Center for Civil Society at UCLA. Before embarking on an academic career,
he served as social affairs officer to the United Nations. He is currently researching the nexus between globalisation, civil society, and culture and is interested in policy analysis and methodological questions.

Yudhishthir Raj Isaris enjoying a second life as an academic, independent cultural advisor and public speaker, after a distinguished career with UNESCO. He is currently Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of
Paris, Maître de Conférence at Sciences
and visiting professor at other universities in Europe and the US. With Helmut K. Anheier, he is the founding co-editor of the Cultures and
Globalization Series.
In 2004-2008
he was president of the European arts and culture platform Culture Action Europe. He was a Trustee of the Institute of
International Visual Arts, London from 1994 to 2010 and Acting Chair, 2009-10;
he is also a board member of or advisor to other cultural organizations in
Europe, North America and Asia. He has been a consultant to the European Commission, the Organization of American
States (OAS), the European Cultural Foundation and the United Nations Special Unit for South-South Cooperation. Member of the International Council of Museums and the Indian National Trust for Art and
Cultural Heritage. At UNESCO from 1973
to 2003, he was notably Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly Museum
besides commissioning and editing a range of publications in the heritage field; Director of Cultural Policies and of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture; in 1994-96, he was Executive Secretary of the
World Commission on Culture and Development.
In 1986-87, he served as the first Executive Director of the Aga Khan
Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and MIT.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Saskia Sassen
Introduction - Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Michael Hoelscher and Helmut K. Anheier
Overarching Issues
Cities as Geopolitical Spaces for the Global Governance of Culture - Katharine Sarikakis
Communication Networks, Cities and the Informal Economies - Ramon Lobato
Challenges of Governance in Multi-Ethnic Cities - Phil Wood
Cities and Universities: A Virtual Cultural Policy Nexus - Dragan Klaic
Cities, Culture and Sustainable Development - Nancy Duxbury, Catherine Cullen and Jordi Pascual
City Branding - Lily Kong
Competing Cities and Spectacularizing Urban Landscapes - Davide Ponzini
The Creative Cities Discourse: Production and/or Consumption? - Stuart Cunningham
The Creative City: Compelling and Contentious - Charles Landry
City Experiences
The Production of Culture: Abu Dhabi's Urban Strategies - Yasser Elsheshtawy
Amsterdam: A Multi-Cultural Capital of Culture - Simin Davoudi and Wil Zonneveld
Creative City, City Marketing, Creative Industries and Cultural Policy: Challenges for Antwerp - Annick Schramme and Katia Segers
'Creative Governance' in Berlin? - Janet Merkel
Brazzaville: A Global Village of African Culture - Patrice Yengo
Spectacularizing Fès - Justin McGuinness
Reshaping, Installing, Pioneering, Spearheading... Re-aalignment of Istanbul - Asu Aksoy and Kevin Robins
Johannesburg: Investing in Cultural Economies or Publics? - Edgar Pieterse and Kim Gurney
Rich but Divided ... the Politics of Cultural Policy in London - Kate Oakley
The Cultural Mapping of L'viv - Ihor Savchak and Linda Knudsen McAusland
MarseilleS-Provence 2013: Cultural Capital, but for What Kind of Europe and under Which Globalization? - Ferdinand Richard
Medellin: Tales of Fear and Hope - Octavio Arbeláez Tobón
Melbourne and Brisbane: The Claims of Suburbs - Terry Flew and Mark Gibson
Mexico City: Cultural Policies, Governance and Civil Society - Lucina Jiménez
Mumbai: Historic Preservation by Citizens - Abha Narain Lambah
New York City: City Culture as Public Display - David Halle and Louise Mirrer
Paris: A Process of Metropolitanization - Stephen W Sawyer and Mathias Rouet
São Paulo: Rich Culture, Poor Access - Maria Carolina Vasconcelos-Oliveira
Shanghai: Images of Modernity - Justin O'Connor and Xin Gu
Torino: A Change of Skin and More - Luca Dal Pozzolo
Vancouver: The Enigmatic Emerging Cultural Metropolis - Catherine Murray and Tom Hutton
Venice, Reloaded? A Tale of Urban Life (and Death) - Pier Luigi Sacco
Cultures and Cities: Some Policy Implications - Yudhishthir Raj Isar
Ethnographic Snapshots: Visions of Cities - Mieka Ritsema
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