The City as an Entertainment Machine
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The City as an Entertainment Machine

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The City as an Entertainment Machine details the impacts of opera, used bookstores, brew pubs, bicycle events, Starbucks' coffee shops, gay residents, and other factors on changes in jobs, population, inventions, and more. It is the first study to assemble and analyze such amenities for national samples of cities (and counties). It interprets these processes by showing how they add new insights from economics, sociology, political science, public policy, and geography. Considerable evidence is presented about how consumption, amenities, and culture drive urban policy by encouraging people to move to or from different cities and regions.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739124226
  • 9780739124222
  • 1,730,229

About Terry Nichols Clark

Terry Nichols Clark is professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. His books include Citizen Politics in Post-Industrial Society,City Money, The New Political Culture, and Urban Innovation.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Taking Entertainment Seriously Chapter 2 Chapter 1: A Political Theory of Consumption Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Urban Amenities: Lakes, Opera, and Juice Bars: Do They Drive Development? Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Consumers and Cities Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The New Political Culture and Local Government in England Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Technology and Tolerance: The Importance of Diversity to High-Technology Growth Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Gays and Urban Development: How Are They Linked? Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Starbucks, Bicycle Paths, and Urban Growth Machines: Emails Among Members of the Urban and Community Section of the American Sociological Association Listserv Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Amenities Drive Urban Growth: A New Paradigm and Policy Linkages Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Scenes: Social Context in an Age of Contingencyshow more

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The City as an Entertainment Machine brings together a number of research projects conducted largely in America and one in the UK, which seek to assess the impacts of 'amenities' on urban growth. The thesis is that the consumer is the all-powerful figure who can generate a level of economic growth for a place and it is therefore important to understand this consumer in more detail, in order that places know how to meet consumer demand. The volume as a whole considers policy to be a straightforward and one-way set of discourses in which, providing the amenities are present, the consumer will continue obediently to demand commodities. How these policies are understood, ignored and resisted by different groups in the public sphere is not up for consideration, which limits the insights offered. Urban Studiesshow more

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