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Cultural Capitals (Re-Materialising Cultural Geography) by Louise C. Johnson

By Louise C. Johnson

This can be an confident e-book in regards to the strength of the humanities to augment urban pictures, city economies and groups. Anchored in educational dialogue of the Cultural Industries - what they're, how they've got emerged, why they subject and the way they need to be theorized - the publication bargains a chain of case reviews drawn from 5 international locations (Australia, Singapore, Spain, united kingdom, US) to help a controversy for the humanities contributing to sustainable city regeneration. supplying unique theorizations of cultural capital and sustainable improvement, the booklet makes use of different literatures - on megastar, post-modernity, the post-colonial, tourism, illustration and movie - to interrogate a couple of websites, occasions and items within the case-study international locations. utilizing unique examine in addition to present fabric, the ensuing therapy is either empirical and theoretical, grounded within the specific but additionally comparative. it's modern, across the world comparative, move disciplinary and thematic.

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Significantly, Urry as a sociologist moves the analysis from tourist places and localities to those who produce and consume them. Focusing on the key dimensions of taste and distinction in the creation and consumption of the tourist experience led Urry to explore the work of fellow sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Others too in Tourist Studies interested in the manufacturing and circulation of sites and artefacts also draw on the French 36 Cultural Capitals sociologist. In particular Greg Richards utilised Bourdieu’s notion of “distinction” to analyse the class dimensions of contemporary cultural tourism.

An array of tourist professionals develop ever-new objects for the tourist gaze. For Urry, these objects are located in a complex and changing hierarchy, which depends on the interplay between different state and capitalist interests providing these objects, and changing class, gender, and generational distinctions of taste, which drives their consumption (Urry 1990: 26–7, 2000). Significantly, Urry as a sociologist moves the analysis from tourist places and localities to those who produce and consume them.

More modest schemes were also developed for creating cultural precincts, emphasising local culture (Roodhouse 2006), as was implemented by Glasgow in the 1980s (see Chapter 4). For Rowe and Stevenson, such a development illustrates the success of using cultural planning to re-imagine the city (Rowe and Stevenson 1994: 182). The consumption of culture is increasingly used as a vehicle to promote economic regeneration and to differentiate cities from each other in their heightened competitive battle for survival and growth (Bianchini 1993).

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