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Urban cultural policy, city size, and proximity

Chapter


Abstract


  • In this chapter we bring a distinctly geographical perspective to questions of

    urban cultural policy. We are interested in how perceptions (and concrete

    experiences) of city size and proximity shape the politics of urban cultural

    policymaking. The particular kind of urban cultural policymaking we discuss

    relates to the pervasive idea that cities ought to refashion their economic

    development policies and planning regimes to become "creative cities" (Landry

    2000). Central to this is an assumption that all places now compete with each

    other for creative industries and people - the supposed "creative class," who

    are imagined as a vital demographic group to capture as in-migrants, for the

    investment and innovation they bring with them (Florida 2002). A normative

    "model" of sorts has subsequently stemmed from this idea in cultural policy

    circles, where creativity becomes a catalyst for economic regeneration,

    especially in deindustrializing cities, above and beyond community-building

    goals (Gibson and Kong 2005).

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Gibson, C. & Waitt, G. R. (2013). Urban cultural policy, city size, and proximity. In C. Grodach & D. Silver (Eds.), The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives (pp. 122-137). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84906026241

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/89

Book Title


  • The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives

Start Page


  • 122

End Page


  • 137

Abstract


  • In this chapter we bring a distinctly geographical perspective to questions of

    urban cultural policy. We are interested in how perceptions (and concrete

    experiences) of city size and proximity shape the politics of urban cultural

    policymaking. The particular kind of urban cultural policymaking we discuss

    relates to the pervasive idea that cities ought to refashion their economic

    development policies and planning regimes to become "creative cities" (Landry

    2000). Central to this is an assumption that all places now compete with each

    other for creative industries and people - the supposed "creative class," who

    are imagined as a vital demographic group to capture as in-migrants, for the

    investment and innovation they bring with them (Florida 2002). A normative

    "model" of sorts has subsequently stemmed from this idea in cultural policy

    circles, where creativity becomes a catalyst for economic regeneration,

    especially in deindustrializing cities, above and beyond community-building

    goals (Gibson and Kong 2005).

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Gibson, C. & Waitt, G. R. (2013). Urban cultural policy, city size, and proximity. In C. Grodach & D. Silver (Eds.), The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives (pp. 122-137). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84906026241

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/89

Book Title


  • The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives

Start Page


  • 122

End Page


  • 137