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Cities and the Cultural Economy

By Thomas A. Hutton, Routledge, 2016, 380 pages, ISBN: 978-0-415-62409-1 (pbk), ISBN: 978-0-203-10486-6 (ebk)

The cultural economy forms a leading trajectory of urban development, and has emerged as a key facet of globalizing cities. It now represents the third-largest sector in many metropolitan cities from London to Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, and Sao Paulo. The book Cities and the Cultural Economy provides a critical integration of the burgeoning research and policy literatures. Policies for cultural economy are increasingly evident within planning, development and place-marketing programmes, requiring large resource commitments, but producing - on the evidence - highly uneven results. Accordingly the volume includes a critical review of how the new cultural economy is reshaping urban labour, housing and property markets, contributing to gentrification and to 'precarious employment' formation, as well as to broadly favourable outcomes, such as community regeneration and urban vitality.

The volume acknowledges the important growth dynamics and sustainability of key creative industries. Written primarily as a text for upper-level undergraduate and Masters students in urban, economic and social geography, sociology, cultural studies and planning, this provocative and compelling text will also be of interest to those studying urban land economics, architecture, landscape architecture and the built environment.

'This book provides us with a much needed solid foundation, pulling together seminal texts and a wealth of case study material, from which to apprehend one of the most striking trends in cities in recent times: the growth of the cultural economy' (Andy C Pratt, Professor of Cultural Economy, City University London, UK).

To obtain the book, please visit https://www.routledge.com/Cities-and-the-Cultural-Economy/Hutton/p/book/9780415624091