City and Nation in Cultural Perspective: Introduction

Ruth S Glynn*

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This special issue explores how cultural production and practice understand and articulate the changing relationship between city and nation, in the light of globalization and the increasing freedom of cities to build, brand and promote themselves independent of the nation state. The Introduction maps the scholarship pertaining to cultural engagements with city and nation, highlighting their separation into two distinct spheres. It reviews the existing scholarship on city-nation relations in the field of urban studies (where discussion has centred on the emergence of ‘world cities’ and their implications for nation states) and in urban history. It locates in Vivian Bickford-Smith’s work on cities and nationalism in South Africa a rich source of inspiration for the volume’s complementary study of the role played by cultural production and practice in articulating, shaping and negotiating understandings of city and nation in contemporary Europe. It closes with an overview of the contributing articles
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-165
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Urban Cultural Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

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  • city and nation
  • the city in literature
  • cinema and the city
  • world cities
  • Vivian Bickford-Smith
  • cultural practices
  • urban identities


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