Culture and the City

Authored by: Kate Oakley , Justin O’Connor

The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415706209
eBook ISBN: 9781315725437
Adobe ISBN: 9781317533986


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When Peter Hall asked, ‘Why should the creative flame burn so especially, so uniquely, in cities and not in the countryside?’ (Hall, 1998: 3) he summed up a line of thinking about the relationship between culture and the city that is both ancient and full of contemporary political resonance. The continuing importance of cities as centres of cultural production, the use of culture in city branding, the reliance on developing the cultural industries as an economic panacea and the contest over the right to city spaces, all attest to the depth and resilience of these links. Though clearly the site for cultural policy development in the last thirty years, the city is also where many of the contradictions and conflicts of the cultural industries and wider cultural policy that this volume identifies, are made manifest.

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