Real Urban Images: Policy and Culture in Northern Britain

Wharton, Chris and Fenwick, John (2012) Real Urban Images: Policy and Culture in Northern Britain. Culture and Local Governance, 4 (1). pp. 1-30. ISSN 1911-7469

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This paper explores recent attempts to re-imagine and re-brand northern British cities through processes of economic and (mainly) cultural regeneration. It analyses the creation of new contemporary urban images and presentations and compares these with the economic, social and cultural life experiences of people living in the areas. It examines the process of recharacterising former industrial conurbations as being at the cutting edge of contemporary, postmodern culture. A range of features is identified here within similar political, economic and policy contexts: deindustrialisation and regeneration driven by local business and political elites; emphasis on culture as spectacle to the exclusion of other cultural configurations; reliance on tourism and advertising, hyper consumption and leisure as determining aspects of the local economy; and the reorganisation of city populations

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual culture, city, Britain, cultural policy, cultural regeneration
Subjects: L200 Politics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Fenwick
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 15:53
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 15:49

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