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The Contemporary City

The Global Cultural Capital

Addressing the Citizen and Producing the City in Barcelona

Authors: Balibrea, Mari Paz

  • Provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Barcelona and its development
  • Delivers a timely and interesting account of cultural policy and the neoliberal Barcelona subject 
  • Addresses issues of contemporary governmentality through a Marxist structuralist tradition 
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This book argues the crucial role of culture and cultural policies in defining the notion of urban citizenship in Barcelona since 1979. Through analysis of official documents, municipal publicity campaigns, sport – including the Olympic Games and Barcelona F.C – and film, Balibrea makes sense of the city as a global cultural destination and reveals how such transformation impacts local inhabitants. 
Scrutinizing municipal discourses on culture from the late 1970s, this interdisciplinary work unveils how ideas of the function and nature of citizenship articulate changing definitions of the city, from model to brand. Over the course of topics such as: tourism, social democracy and urban regeneration, Balibrea constructs an original argument for how the Barcelona image mobilizes neoliberal fantasies of subject transformation. A wide-ranging study, this book will be of great interest to scholars of urban geography, sociology and cultural studies. iv>

About the authors

Mari Paz Balibrea lectures on Spanish Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, where she directs the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies. She has published widely on contemporary Barcelona, including the articles ‘Barcelona, from Model to Brand’; ‘Becoming Mediterranean: The Resignification of the Sea in Post-Industrial Barcelona’ and ‘Urbanism, Culture and the Post-Industrial City: Challenging the ‘Barcelona Model’.

Reviews

“This book delivers a deep meditation on the contradictions surrounding participatory municipal discourse. Deftly working at the crossroads of cultural, political, social, economic and urban discourses, she returns us from abstractions driving the neoliberal creative city to the people of Barcelona themselves. With urban citizenship as the common ground for analyzing pre-democratic activism, (post-)Olympic processes, sports, and visual images, the book’s combination of theoretical savvy, historical specificity and insight into local-global residence is unparalleled.” (Benjamin Fraser, Hispanic Studies Professor, Editor, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Co-Editor, Hispanic Urban Studies book series)

“Balibrea’s study of the diverse actors and producers of Barcelona’s urban identity is a fascinating read. Describing a range of important cultural fora, including the construction of the cultural policy of the post-Francoist city government, the citizenship practices inculcated during the planning and staging of the 1992 Olympics, and the identity politics behind FC Barcelona, the book provides a nuanced, and intellectually nourishing, analysis of how we have come to understand this celebrated city. This is a very significant study, and useful more broadly for anyone who wants to really understand how the cultural politics of cities is about more than just flagship museums and creative districts.” (Donald McNeill, Professor of Urban & Cultural Geography, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Still Paying Homage to Barcelona

    Balibrea, Mari Paz

    Pages 1-10

  • Theorizing Culture in the Creative City

    Balibrea, Mari Paz

    Pages 13-42

  • Stories We Live By:…and the Games Created the City

    Balibrea, Mari Paz

    Pages 45-51

  • Culture Is to the Social Materialization of Democracy as the Critical Subject Is to Democratic Citizenship

    Balibrea, Mari Paz

    Pages 53-76

  • Building Participatory Measures

    Balibrea, Mari Paz

    Pages 77-99

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eBook £70.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-53596-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £88.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53595-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Global Cultural Capital
Book Subtitle
Addressing the Citizen and Producing the City in Barcelona
Authors
Series Title
The Contemporary City
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53596-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53596-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53595-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 311
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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