The Fun and Games of Creative Citizenship: Urban Cultural Policy and Participatory Public Art

  • Saara Liinamaa


The creative city model of culture-led urban development and economic growth has deeply influenced urban cultural policy in the contemporary moment. Returning to a history of artistic and social theories of play, and attending to the specific dynamics and characteristics of contemporary art’s urban play practices, this chapter offers a much more tempered version of what a vision of the city-as-playground entails; in particular, we must consider the demands that it places on urban subjects, social relations, and concepts of citizenship and participation. By strategically drawing on the varied but powerful associations that the term creativity carries in popular culture, the creative city promises not only a more economically viable city but also, by association, a city that is both freer and more fun.


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  • Saara Liinamaa
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyAcadia UniversityWolfvilleCanada

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