author={Sarah Banet‐Weiser},
  journal={Cultural Studies},
  pages={641 - 658}
This article examines shifting definitions of creativity in urban spaces in the contemporary USA, and analyzes how different definitions of creativity inform an understanding of convergence in the context of contemporary street art. This essay examines the logic that mobilizes these dynamics, and, through the cultural lens of contemporary street art, asks how and in what ways does ‘creativity’ matter differently – indeed, have a different value – in the contemporary moment of convergence and… Expand
Appropriating City Spaces: Exploring Practice, Process and Policy in Aboriginal Street Art
In this thesis I analyze the city of Toronto’s graffiti management policies, constructing street art as a new commons to offer a means of understanding cultural production, appropriation, andExpand
The Urban Exploration Imaginary: Mediatization, Commodification, and Affect
Using George E. Marcus’ concept of the “activist imaginary” this article focuses on the imaginary of urban exploration (UE), an alternative form of organized action. The UE imaginary is investigatedExpand
Creative Cities, Graffiti and Culture‐Led Development in South Africa: Dlala Indima (‘Play Your Part’)
Abstract Creative cities and culture-led development discourses have come under increasing scrutiny as elite-centric economic development agendas tend to trump ?civic creativity? ideals as imaginedExpand
Urban Fads and Consensual Fictions: Creative, Sustainable, and Competitive City Policies in Buenos Aires
Scholarship in urban sociology has pointed to the reliance of city governments on ever–more market mechanisms for organizing social and economic policy. This form of governance involves prioritizingExpand
Urban art in Lisbon: opportunities, tensions and paradoxes
ABSTRACT Urban art is a relatively recent artistic realm whose salience has grown during the previous decade. In the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, the emergence of urban artists and the consolidation ofExpand
The power of art, the power of entertainment
The question of the relationship between culture and power continues to exercise researchers. In this commentary I argue that it is useful to consider the differences between ‘art’ andExpand
Rethinking ‘Rethinking Convergence/Culture’
Responding to the September 2011 special issue on ‘Rethinking Convergence Culture’, this essay seeks to identify ways that the author's thinking about convergence and participatory culture haveExpand
Space Making as Artistic Practice: The Relationship between Grassroots Art Organizations and the Political Economy of Urban Development
Standard narratives on the relationship between art and urban development detail art networks as connected to sources of dominant economic, social, and cultural capital and complicit inExpand
An emerging art world: The de-subculturalization and artification process of graffiti and pixação in São Paulo
Graffiti art and street art have been increasingly described as an artistic movement, with a constant presence in the streets, but also in galleries and museums. In this article we use the term urbanExpand
The myth of “shanzhai” culture and the paradox of digital democracy in China
This article analyzes the Internet-based campaign for the “shanzhai” Spring Festival Gala in connection with the rise of “digital democracy” and the burgeoning economy of grassroots culture in China.Expand


Struggling with the Creative Class
This article develops a critique of the recently popularized concepts of the ‘creative class’ and ‘creative cities’. The geographic reach and policy salience of these discourses is explained not inExpand
Everyone Is Creative: Artists as Pioneers of the New Economy
At the beginning of the twenty-first century the everyday lives of people in the industrialized western world are being changed by shifts in traditional assumptions about gender roles, powerExpand
The expediency of culture : uses of culture in the global era
The Expediency of Culture is a pioneering theorization of the changing role of culture in an increasingly globalized world. George Yudice explores critically how groups ranging from indigenousExpand
Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms
In Transnational America , Inderpal Grewal examines how the circulation of people, goods, social movements, and rights discourses during the 1990s created transnational subjects shaped by a globalExpand
The Rise of the Creative Class : And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
The national bestseller that defines a new economic class and shows how it is key to the future of our cities. The Washington Monthly 2002 Annual Political Book Award WinnerThe Rise of the CreativeExpand
`Meat, Mask, Burden`
This article will argue that the `reflexive project of the self' (Giddens) has become an explicit form of labour under post-Fordist capital in the form of `self-branding'. Here, work on the self isExpand
From cultural to creative industries
This article examines the present state of development of cultural industries in the Chaoyang District of Beijing and proposes corresponding strategies for the government. It is the result of aExpand
'The birth of bio-politics': Michel Foucault's lecture at the Collège de France on neo-liberal governmentality
This paper focuses on Foucault's analysis of two forms of neo-liberalism in his lecture of 1979 at the Collège de France: German post-War liberalism and the liberalism of the Chicago School. SinceExpand
Governing the Soul: The Shaping of the Private Self
We live under the beguiling illusion that our subjective lives are a personal matter. But our intimate feelings, desires, and relationships have become the object of new forms of investigation andExpand
Street Art: The Graffiti Revolution
Street Art - art made in public spaces and including graffiti, stickers, poster art, stencil art and wheat-pasting, but not corporate-sponsored advertising or "public art" - has become one of theExpand