The Global Cultural Capital

Addressing the Citizen and Producing the City in Barcelona

  • Mari Paz Balibrea

Part of the The Contemporary City book series (TCONTCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  3. In Theory: The Subject of Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
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  4. Taming the Political Citizen

  5. The Olympic Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
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  6. Back to Work: Governing the Creative City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
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  7. Be Yourself Out There: Inhabiting Barcelona for the Global Market

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 273-311

About this book


This book argues the crucial role of culture and cultural policies in defining the notion of urban citizenship in Barcelona since 1979. Through analysis of official documents, municipal publicity campaigns, sport – including the Olympic Games and Barcelona F.C – and film, Balibrea makes sense of the city as a global cultural destination and reveals how such transformation impacts local inhabitants. 

Scrutinizing municipal discourses on culture from the late 1970s, this interdisciplinary work unveils how ideas of the function and nature of citizenship articulate changing definitions of the city, from model to brand. Over the course of topics such as: tourism, social democracy and urban regeneration, Balibrea constructs an original argument for how the Barcelona image mobilizes neoliberal fantasies of subject transformation. A wide-ranging study, this book will be of great interest to scholars of urban geography, sociology and cultural studies. 


Barcelona Olympic Games Barcelona Football Club governmentality subjectivation branding volunteers grassroots movements urban social movements Foucault civility anti-francoism Mediterranean sociability consensus electoral campaigns neoliberal subjectivity postindustrial city transition

Authors and affiliations

  • Mari Paz Balibrea
    • 1
  1. 1.Cultures and LanguagesBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53595-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53596-2
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