The cultural presence in struggles around political, economic, technical, and legal issues centered in the realities of cities can become catalysts for changes in a whole range of institutional domains - markets, participatory governance, judicial recourse, cultures of engagement and deliberation, and rights for members of the urban community regardless of lineage and origin. The resurgence of the city as a site for research on these major contemporary dynamics is evident in many different disciplines - sociology, anthropology, economic geography, cultural studies, and literary criticism... This volume is a significant contribution to this larger body of research and interpretation... It opens new ground for research, interpretation and policy making in our emergent global urban era From the Foreword by Saskia Sassen Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University It is in cities that the multifaceted intersections of culture and globalization are most keenly felt, and most creatively responded to. Comprehensive in thematics and ambitious in scope, this volume is an essential guidebook to understanding the shaping and making of culture and cultural policy in our urbanised world Ien Ang Director, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney This is a significant volume that firmly situates the discussion about globalization, cultural production and the challenges for policy formulation in the dynamic, slippery and ever shifting terrain of the contemporary urban condition Rahul Mehrotra Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University The fifth volume in the "Cultures and Globalization" series, Cities, Cultural Policy and Governance, edited by Helmut Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar, continues to address the various facets that result from the intersection of culture and globalisation... Throughout the book it is clear that the editors have taken great pains to demonstrate the speed with which the new "glocal" culture has come to dominate cultural policy decisions and the direction of governance, ensuring that debates and information are as up to date as possible. When we come to the city case studies the same is true, with the key issues faced by London referencing the 2011 riots, and the impact of the growing global financial crisis... Overall, a great introduction to an interesting collection of ideas, which should give the reader the impetus they need to explore further. Rebecca Litchfield LSE Review of Books
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Helmut K. Anheier (PhD, Yale) is Dean and Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He holds a chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and serves as Academic Director of the Center for Social Investment. From 2001 to 2009, he was Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA's School of Public Affairs and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. Professor Anheier founded and directed the Centre for Civil Society at LSE and the Center for Civil Society at UCLA. Before embarking on an academic career, he served as social affairs officer to the United Nations. He is currently researching the nexus between globalisation, civil society, and culture and is interested in policy analysis and methodological questions. Yudhishthir Raj Isaris enjoying a second life as an academic, independent cultural advisor and public speaker, after a distinguished career with UNESCO. He is currently Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris, Maitre de Conference at Sciences Po and visiting professor at other universities in Europe and the US. With Helmut K. Anheier, he is the founding co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series. In 2004-2008 he was president of the European arts and culture platform Culture Action Europe. He was a Trustee of the Institute of International Visual Arts, London from 1994 to 2010 and Acting Chair, 2009-10; he is also a board member of or advisor to other cultural organizations in Europe, North America and Asia. He has been a consultant to the European Commission, the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Cultural Foundation and the United Nations Special Unit for South-South Cooperation. Member of the International Council of Museums and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. At UNESCO from 1973 to 2003, he was notably Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly Museum International, besides commissioning and editing a range of publications in the heritage field; Director of Cultural Policies and of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture; in 1994-96, he was Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development. In 1986-87, he served as the first Executive Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and MIT.