The Creative Cities Discourse: Production and/or Consumption? [chapter]

Stuart Cunningham
Cities, Cultural Policy and Governance  
The already considerable debate about what constitutes a 'creative' city becomes ever more critical as the world urbanises at a rapid pace. In this chapter the author argues that the key tensions in discussions over what makes cities more conducive to and supportive of creativity revolve around perspectives that are either productioncentric or consumption-centric. Scholars are increasingly prepared to claim priority for the city-region over the nation-state as an economic and cultural agent in
more » ... he contemporary world, but are they ready to deal with major changes in the nature of cultural production and consumption themselves? A number of examples of new challenges for the creative cities 'discourse' rounds out the chapter.
doi:10.4135/9781446254523.n9 fatcat:sytoxli6rfet3cbvhqx5ffna64