Probing the cultural turn in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei

The moments of triumph and despair

Authored by: Kristina Karvelyte

Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138959927
eBook ISBN: 9781315660509
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A few decades ago, the arts sector in most countries used to receive far less attention than other areas of the public sector and was generally considered to have ‘a minor status within the political system’ (Gray 2002: 78). In the Global North, things started to change in the early 1980s, when cultural and artistic practices became increasingly noticed, widely promoted, and subsequently, placed within the center of policy debate, particularly in the context of urban and regional policies. For most urban policy makers, culture and the arts coupled with the broad notion of ‘creativity’ gained appeal as a potential solution to their problems, promising to fill the gap left by the decline or relocation of traditional manufacturing industries, to boost consumer-oriented economic growth, to push the revitalization of urban spaces, and to enhance the image and economic competitiveness of the city in the global marketplace (Harvey 1989a; Zukin 1991; Grodach and Silver 2013).

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