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Conceptual export and theory mobilities: exploring the reception and development of the “creative city thesis” in the post-socialist urban realm
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2016 (English)In: Eurasian geography and economics, ISSN 1538-7216, E-ISSN 1938-2863Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the limited contribution of scholarship

from within/on the post-socialist urban arena to global

urban studies, a phenomenon attributed to the influence of

a hegemonic Anglo-American academic complex. We seek to

present a more nuanced account by considering scholarship

on the “creative city” in a post-socialist context. A numerical

analysis of English language publications confirms the lack

of impact of scholarship from/on post-socialist areas, though

we do identify literature which may be “theory exporting”

and emphasize the temporal dimension of the development

of scholarship. We then consider the interaction of three

global mobilities to present a more nuanced account of

this pattern – the “creative city” thesis as globally mobile

urban policy, the neoliberalization of universities as a

globally mobile restructuring of the context in which these

inequalities in knowledge-production are produced, and

urban studies theorizing itself as a set of globally mobile

concepts and practices. We therefore explore the dynamic

interaction of a particular urban phenomenon (“creative city”

policy) with academic knowledge production. Adopting this

perspective allows us to emphasize other factors such as path

dependencies within post-socialist areas and to give due

emphasis to agency within the region and how these interact

with global processes of neoliberalizing academia.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
Theory mobilities; policy mobilities; post-socialist cities; academic neoliberalization; post-colonialism; creative city/industry policies
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135728DOI: 10.1080/15387216.2016.1254056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135728DiVA: diva2:1048371
Projects
Creativity from below
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2015-00910
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2016-11-21

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