Intercultural city : intercultural city reader / edited by Phil Wood

Wood, Phil [ed.].
ISBN: 1873667922.Edition: 1st ed.Publisher: London : Comedia, cop. 2004Description: 327 p.Series: The Intercultural city : making the most of diversity: 1Summary: Throughout history great cities have attracted people in all their variety, searching for a better life. This diversity in turn has provided a source new thinking, energy, inventiveness and wealth, which have driven the cities to even greater heights. Or so the theory goes. But if diversity really is such a boon for cities, do we really understand how it translates into economic growth and community good. How does difference and convergent thinking lead to urban innovation? What are the processes and who are the key actors and how can they be better understood and planned for? How can cities balance the innovative potential of diversity with the needs to create cohesion and common purpose? And how can we move beyond the idea of urban diversity as exotica and into a pragmatic appraisal of intercultural exchange as a resource and an asset?. Gathering together 30 texts from an eclectic selection of sources, this Reader brings an unprecedented multiplicity of perspectives on this important issues. Works by major urbanists such as Jane Jacobs, Peter Hall, Richard Florida and Leonie Sandercock sit alongside texts from the fields of economics and innovation, anthropology and cultural studies, management and communication as well as polemics from all sides of the debate on national identity, immigration and hybridity. (Font: Editor)
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Throughout history great cities have attracted people in all their variety, searching for a better life. This diversity in turn has provided a source new thinking, energy, inventiveness and wealth, which have driven the cities to even greater heights. Or so the theory goes.

But if diversity really is such a boon for cities, do we really understand how it translates into economic growth and community good. How does difference and convergent thinking lead to urban innovation? What are the processes and who are the key actors and how can they be better understood and planned for? How can cities balance the innovative potential of diversity with the needs to create cohesion and common purpose? And how can we move beyond the idea of urban diversity as exotica and into a pragmatic appraisal of intercultural exchange as a resource and an asset?.

Gathering together 30 texts from an eclectic selection of sources, this Reader brings an unprecedented multiplicity of perspectives on this important issues. Works by major urbanists such as Jane Jacobs, Peter Hall, Richard Florida and Leonie Sandercock sit alongside texts from the fields of economics and innovation, anthropology and cultural studies, management and communication as well as polemics from all sides of the debate on national identity, immigration and hybridity. (Font: Editor)

Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Setting the Scene / Leonie Sandercock -- The Cosmopolitan City : The Key to Creativity / Peter Hall -- The Generators of Diversity / Jane Jacobs -- Technology, Talent and Tolerance / Richard Florida -- Contours of the Next Wave of Creativity and Innovation / Charles Landry -- Debating Diversity : The English and the British Today / Krishan Kumar -- The New Approach / Yasmin Alibhai-Brown -- The New Cosmopolitans / G. Pascal Zachary -- Migrants : Do They Bring Economic Benefit? / Migration Watch UK -- Beyond Sushiology Does Diversity Work? / Peter Skerry -- Defining Diversity : Bio-Ecological Diversity vs Socio-Economic Diversity / Carole Maignan, et al... -- The Economics of Urban Growth and Diversity : Development and Growth / Dino Pinelli, et al… -- The economic value of cultural diversity / Gianmarco Ottaviano, Giovanni Peri -- Innovation and Knowledge Diffusion : Innovation / Dino Pinelli, et al... -- The Cultural Swirl -- Gisela Welz -- Elements of Diffusion / Everett M Rogers -- Intercultural Competence and Communication : Culture / Dino Pinelli et al... -- Intercultural Communication / Everett M Rogers, Thomas M Steinfatt -- Negotiating Reality as An Approach to Intercultural Competence / Ariane Berthoin Antal, Victor Friedman -- Diversity in Business and the Labour Market : Past Trends and Future Prospects·/ Strategy Unit -- The local labour market effects of immigration in the UK / Christian Dustman, et al… -- Ethnic Minority Enterprise / Monder Ram, David Smallbone -- Silicon Valley's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs / Annalee Saxenian -- Managing the City of Difference : Multiculturalism in the City: managing diversity / Laura Capel Tatjer -- lntegrating lmmigrants / Leonie Sandercock -- Women in the Global City / Saskia Sassen -- Equality and Diversity in Birmingham / Ranjit Sondhi -- Immigration and Urban Management in the 21st Century / Marie-Claire Dumas -- Urban social transformations and the impact of migration on metropolitan areas / Albert Bore -- Diversity and Innovation / Solace -- Closing remarks and next steps -- Further reading -- Contributors

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