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By Louise C. Johnson

This can be an confident ebook concerning the strength of the humanities to augment urban photos, city economies and groups. Anchored in educational dialogue of the Cultural Industries - what they're, how they've got emerged, why they topic and the way they need to be theorized - the booklet bargains a sequence of case reviews drawn from 5 international locations (Australia, Singapore, Spain, united kingdom, US) to help an issue for the humanities contributing to sustainable city regeneration. supplying unique theorizations of cultural capital and sustainable improvement, the publication makes use of different literatures - on big name, post-modernity, the post-colonial, tourism, illustration and movie - to interrogate a couple of websites, occasions and items within the case-study nations. utilizing unique study in addition to latest fabric, the ensuing remedy is either empirical and theoretical, grounded within the specific but additionally comparative. it truly is modern, the world over comparative, pass disciplinary and thematic.

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Still others documented in great quantitative detail the costs and benefits of mass and later niche tourism, establishing the notion of “carrying capacity” for tourist places and guiding policy makers in the promotion and management of events and sites (such as Glasson et al. 1995; Butler et al. 1999). Much theoretical heat within tourist studies was devoted to establishing the value and processes associated with constituting tourists and tourist sites. Conceptualising the Cultural Industries/Cultural Capitals 33 A key theorist within the broader debate on the origins and value of tourism, Dean MacCannell (1976) observed in the mid-1970s how cultures of the world had been radically displaced and altered by the movement of peoples, as migrants as well as tourists, such that there were few unique cultures remaining.

In this study Anderson problematises the very notion of “race” along with the idea of “Chinatown” to track their mutual constitution over time by various agents of the Canadian state within a changing set of labour relations (1988, 1991). Deconstructing printed material and buildings as texts broadens the application of the tools of Cultural Geography, and such a technique has been replicated in studies of suburbia and city marketing campaigns (such as Watson 1991; Mee 1994; Silverstone 1997). Textual studies have since abounded in cultural geography and can provide both a useful methodology and set of case studies relevant to the study of the urban image, festivals and art works within Cultural Capitals.

Even more significant is that a large proportion of these cultural consumers are also cultural producers who are connected in some way with the cultural industries (Richards 1996a: 314–5). Richards therefore moves to use real cultural capital as a vial link between explanations of cultural consumption (via Bourdieu) and the production of cultural tourism attractions. This leads to an analysis of the social conditions which determine the consumption of cultural tourism (such as education, socio-economic status, occupation [especially cultural industry employees who constitute 30% of cultural tourists], leisure time availability, the economic position of women and the ageing of western populations) and the economic processes that govern its production (including the long historical investment in medieval and Renaissance cities of Europe, but also more recent efforts to create cultural attractions and Cultural Capitals).

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