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Culture and the City

Creativity, Tourism, Leisure, 1st Edition

Edited by Deborah Stevenson, Amie Matthews


112 pages

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This edited collection will examine the way in which cities are imagined, experienced and shaped by those who reside within them, those who manage or govern them, and those who, as visitor, tourist or traveller, pass through them. Attention will be paid to the influence that these various inhabitants have on city life and living and the dialectic that exists between their sometimes collective and sometimes divergent, perceptions and uses of city space. In conjunction with this, the collection will explore the ways in which local culture and cultural policy are used by public and private interests as the framework for changing the image and amenity of the city in order to raise its profile and attract tourists.

The book contributes to discussions of the increasingly high profile place that cultural programs have in urban regeneration initiatives and explore the tensions, conflicts and negotiations that emerge in urban spaces as a result of policy and culture coming together. Papers will be sought from researchers around the world with a view to examining the nexus between tourism, leisure and cultural programming from a number of perspectives and with reference to a range of international case studies.

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events.

Table of Contents

1. Culture, Policy and the City: Tracing its Dimensions Deborah Stevenson and Amie Matthews 2. University students and the ‘creative city’ Kate Shaw and Ruth Fincher 3. Cultural policy in Shanghai: the politics of caution in the global city Tina Schilbach 4. Putting leisure to work: city image and representations of nightlife Nathaniel Bavinton 5. Dressed up and sipping rum: local activities within the touristic space of Trinidad, Cuba Maki Tanaka 6. Arts festivals, urban tourism and cultural policy Bernadette Quinn 7. Situating Leisure in the Cultural Economy Deborah Stevenson and Amie Matthews

About the Editors

Deborah Stevenson is Research Professor at the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney. She has published extensively on cities and urban cultures – with a particular emphasis on urban cultural policy and place and identity – and her work has been translated into several languages, including Chinese.

Amie Matthews is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Sydney. Amie has conducted extensive research into the backpacking culture, focusing in particular on travel as a contemporary rite of passage, youth travel and cosmopolitanism, and the tourist imaginary.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
TRAVEL / Special Interest / General