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Inequalities in Creative Cities

Issues, Approaches, Comparisons

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Covers a highly contentious area of current practical city-planning as well as academic theory-building

  • Combines different methodological approaches in an innovative way, contributing thereby also to the development of new comparative methods for urban research

  • Goes beyond the current debate on urban inequality by combining different aspects of social inequality and by focusing on medium-sized cities

  • International in its content, authorship, and audience and adds a critical perspective to the creative-city discourse

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Theoretical Background

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction. Inequalities in the Creative City: A New Perspective on an Old Phenomenon

      • Ulrike Gerhard, Michael Hoelscher, David Wilson
      Pages 3-14
  3. Beyond the Global North

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 215-215
    2. Conclusion

      • David Wilson, Ulrike Gerhard, Michael Hoelscher
      Pages 261-270

About this book

This edited volume is a lively and timely appraisal of “ordinary cities” as they struggle to implement creative redevelopment and economic growth strategies to enhance their global competitiveness. The book is concerned with new and often unanticipated inequalities that have emerged from this new city movement. As chronicled, such cities – Cleveland (USA), Heidelberg (Germany), Oxford (UK), Groningen (Netherlands), Montpellier (France), but also cities from the Global South such as Cachoeira (Brazil) and Delhi (India) – now experience new and unexpected realities of poverty, segregation, neglect of the poor, racial and ethnic strife. To date planners, academics, and policy analysts have paid little attention to the connections between this drive in these cities to be more creative and the inequalities that have followed. This book, keenly making these connections, highlights the limited visions that have been applied in this planning drive to make these cities more creative and ultimately more globally competitive.

Keywords

  • creative cities
  • neoliberalism
  • inequality
  • urban geography
  • urban sociology
  • international comparison
  • interdisciplinary
  • empirical research
  • urban theory
  • gender
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • education
  • social inequality
  • city planning
  • poverty
  • unemployment
  • ordinary cities
  • urban geography and urbanism

Reviews

“This volume offers a comparative analysis of the contradictions, presenting the connection between the urban policies focusing on creativity and inequalities within societies, thus, providing empirical insights for the previous critiques. … the book is an extremely valuable contribution to the creative city discourse. It is a theoretically informed and empirically grounded collection of papers with comparative focus.” (Lajos Boros, Hungarian Geographical Bulletin, Vol. 66 (3), 2017)

“This book offers a valuable insight into the discourse on urban inequalities. An outstanding network of urban researchers has done a remarkable job compiling case studies about the shadow sides of cities going creative.  Reading this book invites the readers to not only question the growth path of cities in the recent knowledge society, it also encourages us to invest more time into comparative analyses on cities across the globe.” (Peter Meusburger, Distinguished Senior Professor, Geography, University of Heidelberg, Germany)

“This thought-provoking book offers results and follow-up questions to the roots of inequality across cities in the Global North and Global South. Few works have critically and comparatively inquired into the ideological discourse of the “creative city” like this one. This book compiles original and up-to-date accounts that chronicle the cracks behind the claimed city of “diversity, creativity and sustainability.” (Carolina Sternberg, Assistant Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, DePaul University, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Geographisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

    Ulrike Gerhard

  • Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer, Germany

    Michael Hoelscher

  • University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, USA

    David Wilson

About the editors

Ulrike Gerhard is Professor of Human Geography of North America at the Institute of Geography and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at Heidelberg University, Germany.

Michael Hoelscher is Professor at the University of Speyer, Germany, and obtained his PhD in sociology from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

David Wilson is Professor of Geography, Urban Planning, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Inequalities in Creative Cities

  • Book Subtitle: Issues, Approaches, Comparisons

  • Editors: Ulrike Gerhard, Michael Hoelscher, David Wilson

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95115-4

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan New York

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-349-95114-7

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-95732-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-349-95115-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 270

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Social Structure, Urban Sociology

Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-349-95115-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)