City, politics, economics, culture…

Klepač, Olgica (2011) City, politics, economics, culture…. Context / Kontekst (9). pp. 221-232. ISSN 1857-7377

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The paper emphasizes the complexity of the city as the phenomenon of radicalized modernity and the need of its multidimensional study. Globalizational and transnational processes are setting the city as a complex intersection, which is gaining in economic and political significance well investigated from political economy perspective that is in big part immersed in globalization discourse. Faced with the problems and the impact of deregulation, decentralization and privatization city appears as a vital place of economic, political and cultural development. Understanding these issues requires contextualization. By avoiding excessive generalizations and too rigid dichotomies, local / urban politics show some of the major potentials of local/global network connections, which in combination with multitude actors in urban politics can mean innovative changes. From that point of view questions of the role of culture in such context are set: cultural elements are increasingly emerging as tool of political economy but also as representation of resistance and, the most importantly, as part of locals’ development projects. Finally, it seems that all problems about quality of life in city (or the claims for the right to the city) end up in cultural conflict where urban is place of its appearance or its clearest expression, and for that part, it appears as the place of transformation of politics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban politics, globalization discourse, transnationalism, political economy, development/sustainable development/cultural sustainable development, socio-cultural capital, creative capital
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 13:59
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 13:59

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