Cultural policy, governance and urban diversity: resident perspectives from Birmingham, UK

Saskia Warren, Phil Jones

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Within a paradigm of culture-led urban competition, discourse and debate has focused on attracting the mobile Creative Class, diverting attention on cultural resources for lesser privileged groups, both established and new. Policy agendas behind culture and the arts at the neighbourhood level are quietly shifting however, with increasing emphasis on social cohesion and integration. This article investigates for the first time how co-producing cultural activities can be used to stimulate more distributed and discursive strategies of decision-making at the neighbourhood-level. Bringing together debates on cultural policy, urban governance, and diversity this article makes two key points: i) geographical discourse on cultural and arts needs to reflect more upon gender, faith, ethnicity and race; ii) dialogue enabled by focus groups can generate new participatory strategies for pluralising cultural governance in multi-cultural neighbourhoods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-35
JournalTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Issue number1
Early online date5 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2018


  • multi-culturalism
  • policy
  • culture
  • neighbourhood
  • governance
  • diversity
  • Birmingham


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