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Creative Copenhagen: Globalization, Urban Governance and Social Change


  • Anders Lund Hansen
  • Hans Thor Andersen
  • Eric Clark


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.

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  • Anders Lund Hansen & Hans Thor Andersen & Eric Clark, 2001. "Creative Copenhagen: Globalization, Urban Governance and Social Change," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(7), pages 851-869, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurpls:v:9:y:2001:i:7:p:851-869
    DOI: 10.1080/09654310120079805

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    1. Hans Thor Andersen & Lars Winther, 2010. "Crisis in the Resurgent City? The Rise of Copenhagen," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(3), pages 693-700, September.
    2. Christian Fertner, 2013. "The Emergence and Consolidation of the Urban-Rural Region: Migration Patterns around Copenhagen 1986–2011," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 104(3), pages 322-337, July.
    3. Anders Lund Hansen & Henrik Gutzon Larsen & Adam Grydehoj & Eric Clark, 2015. "Financialisation of the built environment in Stockholm and Copenhagen," Working papers wpaper115, Financialisation, Economy, Society & Sustainable Development (FESSUD) Project.
    4. Marco Mundelius & Wencke Hertzsch, 2005. "Networks in Berlin’s Music Industry – A Spatial Analysis," ERSA conference papers ersa05p534, European Regional Science Association.
    5. Alberto Vanolo, 2013. "Alternative Capitalism and Creative Economy: the Case of Christiania," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(5), pages 1785-1798, September.
    6. Adam Arvidsson, 2011. "Creativity, Brands, Finance and Beyond: Notes Towards a Theoretical Perspective on City Branding," Chapters,in: Brands and Branding Geographies, chapter 18 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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