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Urban Culture and Cultural Policy

In this article, I will discuss the characteristics and evolution of urban culture and how cultural policy in an urban city can foster it. We’ll also discuss the opportunities this lifestyle sector offers for city and tourism managers and event organisers. By involving representatives of the scene, we can unlock the true potential of urban culture. Let’s begin! Hopefully, you’ll find this article useful. But if you’d like to learn more, please continue reading!


While there are a few major differences between cities, there are four distinct characteristics that make up an urban culture. Typically, urban cultures have high levels of cultural diversity. The main elements of a culture are language, norms, values, and beliefs. Some cities are more multicultural than others. And if the city has a large number of immigrant communities, the culture is likely to be more ethnically diverse. Hence, the characteristics of an urban culture can range from cosmopolitan to racially diverse.

In addition to physical geography, a city’s urban culture plays a key role in determining its economic development and direction. One such city is Dongying, the birthplace of Lv Opera, which features an excellent living environment, a long history, and hospitable citizens. The city’s yearbook includes a list of factors, principles, and scientific values that are necessary for a good quality of life. Its economic development is dominated by the year-end population, inbound tourists, and cultural expenses.

In cities, the role of cultural planning is increasingly important. Without cultural planning, cities become confused and lack identity. Despite the fact that there is an aforementioned cultural imbalance in cities, many cities continue to expand their scale and their urban cultures are being diluted. The result of this imbalance is an urban scale that is too large for the city. Hence, the role of urban culture is difficult to play. Nevertheless, with the increase in awareness of the concept, cities are increasingly focusing on the cultural and creative industries, a growing number of creative companies have emerged to experiment with new business models.

Despite these differences, urban life tends to be more socially impersonal and not kinship-based. Social life in cities is characterized by a lack of intimacy and genuine friendliness. This is an important characteristic of urban life, as people are physically crowded, but not necessarily socially connected. It is also more difficult to form relationships with people in the city, as many are isolated, living in apartments with no knowledge of other occupants.


While a variety of cultural policies exist, these are usually less responsive, democratic, and trans-parent than is needed. In order for urban cultural life to be diverse and inclusive, a culture policy infrastructure is needed. Let us examine two of the most common cultural policies in contemporary society. They are inadequate for diversity and ineffective for efficiency. Here are a few ways to strengthen cultural policies in urban areas. Read on to discover which culture policies are most appropriate for different kinds of urban communities.

Cultural development in cities tends to focus resources into a city’s downtown, which is often a bad idea. Instead, cultural development must include community input to ensure the city is addressing local needs and attracting new development. Cultural development is an integral part of urban revitalization, but must be consciously integrated with neighborhood needs. Otherwise, policy makers and cultural institutions risk undermining the cultural vitality of urban neighborhoods. This can damage a city’s ability to attract tourists, developers, and a skilled workforce.

Although cities often encapsulate different types of urban lifeways, there is a strong correlation between these two cultural systems. During the early stages of urbanization, cities often served as cult or ceremonial centres that organized surrounding rural areas. They also dominated them through authority and sacred practices. Later, urban cultures acquired political and economic power. Moreover, cities tend to have lower levels of anomie compared to rural areas.

Cities have been centers of culture for over three thousand years. They have been centers of civilization, attracting artists and other creative people. Creative people tend to gravitate to particular cities, often due to a diverse artistic community, universities, clients, skilled labor, and a skilled workforce. However, a culture’s place in a city has changed in recent decades due to economic strength. So, cities with higher populations are not always cultural transmitters.


The concept of urban culture is difficult to define. It is not one single thing; rather, it is a field of phenomena that can be studied from individual occurrences. Some of the most obvious examples of urban subcultures are those that take advantage of street space and use it for different purposes, such as street food, cafe culture, and diverse uses of parks. Other examples of urban subcultures include graffiti, skateboarding, punk, and breakdance, and they all have their origins in cities.

While cities are historically the site of rituals and other cultural practices, they are still largely state-level. Thus, Weber’s typology of urban cultures ignores pre-modern cities, as these communities existed before the rise of the world capitalist system. However, before the advent of the world capitalist system, urban cultures did not differ from state-level societies in economic terms. They differed primarily from each other based on differences in political inequality and their placement in the core or periphery.

Redfield and Singer both proposed a cultural role for cities that was rooted in the development of capitalism and other advanced capitalist societies. While Redfield argued that urban cultures played a central role in organizing and dictating the lifeways of the surrounding rural region, subsequent research indicated that his conception was radically wrong, especially for American industrial cities. Nonetheless, Redfield’s conception of urban culture still holds sway over popular thinking, whose concept of the city is often based on urban lifeways that began with the growth of the suburbs.

Sjoberg’s definition of the preindustrial city, while a significant advance over previous concepts of urban culture, is nonetheless plagued by overgeneralization and oversimplification. For example, preindustrial cities, including those of ancient empires, were conflated with present-day urban places in the Third World. Furthermore, early-modern European cities were disposed of as important varieties of urban culture. These factors were a major factor in Sjoberg’s conception of the preindustrial city.

Local cultural policy

Changing urban policies have brought with them a shift in the nature of local cultural policies. These policies have become more systemic, extending beyond the sectorialism of the artistic world. This is one of the key features of a multilevel government approach to cultural governance. Local cultural policies play an essential role in shaping urban spaces, both in terms of redefining the spatial configuration of neighbourhoods and in promoting local culture.

The main differences between these two kinds of organisations are their methods of intervention, and their goals. The former seeks to ensure the density of cultural offer and to address all groups in the city. The latter facilitates coordination between agents, thereby reinforcing cultural supply within a specific sub-sector. In contrast, type #3 and #4 organisations aim to alter the dynamic of cultural spheres by redefining structural parameters. They are also more radical in their aim, which is to affect change in a context that is not territorial.

The role of culture has become increasingly important for the global strategy of urban regeneration. However, it has both positive and negative consequences. Bianchini and Landry (2004) studied this process in cities. Despite these differences, the overall process reflects the development of cultural policies. From adopting the characteristics of local planning policies to incorporating cultural elements, cultural policies have evolved. So what is the role of culture in urban development? Here are some of the most important aspects of a cultural policy.

Third sector analysis reveals the evolution of cultural policies as urban policies. Third sector organisations are instrumental in the production of networks. By adopting this perspective, these policies are able to preserve the local-planning character of cultural policies. Incorporating the proximity factor highlights the defensive re-legitimation of cultural policy and identifies the role of the third sector as a locus of power. Further, the model can help to develop local cultural policies by integrating other urban policies.

Impact on economic development

Historically, economists have avoided using culture as a determinant of economic phenomena due to its vagueness and wide spectrum. However, newer techniques for identifying systematic differences in people’s preferences and relating them to their cultural heritage have made it possible to test the economic effects of cultural factors. This study finds that areas that prioritize culture have more favorable statistical characteristics than their less-favored counterparts. This is important because it shows how cultural aspects can stimulate local business and improve the vitality of urban areas.

In urban areas, a cultural district should be dedicated to the diverse cultural life of the city’s residents. Cities should designate an agency to serve the cultural life of their neighborhoods and should invest in mapping these assets. Cultural activities should be regulated by transparent processes and overseen by a cultural agency that is accountable to the local community and to the cultural sector. The city should also integrate the public sector’s cultural agencies more effectively into policymaking and decision-making processes.

In general, the role of cities in economic development has become a matter of policy concern. Leading economists, including Paul Krugman, have drawn attention to the important role of cities in the economies of advanced nations. The most pressing challenges, however, are in the developing world, particularly Africa and Asia. And it is still too early to predict which factors will determine the future of these regions. And, the future of urban culture must be determined if it will lead to prosperity in the long run.

Furthermore, cities have an enhanced flow of information that fosters more learning and innovation. This in turn produces more valuable products. By leveraging proximity, people can discuss complex ideas face-to-face. They can compare, compete, and collaborate. Moreover, urban culture fosters a self-reinforcing virtuous cycle, spurring creativity and innovation, attract mobile capital and generate growth from within. If we understand how cities function, we can understand their potential for economic growth.