Creative Copenhagen : Globalization, urban governance and social change

Anders Lund Hansen, Hans Thor Andersen, Eric Clark

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The introduction of 'creativity' and the 'creative city' in imagineering Copenhagen and in strategies for developing its urban competitiveness is analysed from a perspective on relations between processes of globalization, developments in urban government/governance and social geographic change. This perspective problematizes what on the surface seems to be an unequivocally positive quality ('creative') and goal ('creativity'). We argue there is a need to recognize the social costs of developments that are glossed over by the creative city rhetoric, including diminished representative democracy, social and geographic polarization and considerable displacement of the marginalized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-869
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Human Geography

Free keywords

  • inequality
  • segregation
  • politics
  • polarization


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