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Changing City Spaces: New Challenges to Cultural Policy in Europe Changing City Spaces - CHANGING CITY SPACES, Final Report, EUR 23111

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00133
Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

The Project Rationale has been to focus on multicultural metropolitan spaces for exploring the new challenges and opportunities associated with contemporary social and cultural transformations; especially those associated with migrant and ethnic minority populations. In selecting seven capital cities with complex interconnections, the research has brought out the dynamics and directions of change in European society and culture in the 21st century. All the cities raise a range of issues concerning migration and multiculturalism in the European space: post-imperial migration and its legacy; new patterns of global migration; and the significance of East-West migration (including that between the current EU and ascendant nations).
In order to explore these issues, our research has taken as its central focus urban culture and policy in the European space, in order to address broader questions of sociocultural diversity, interaction and citizenship. The aim of the project was to examine a range of cultural institutions, practices and policies in diverse city environments and to do so with respect to particular cultural industries and forms (media, music, events, cinema), and their multiple audiences in metropolitan settings. The over-arching aim has been to articulate valid and workable principles of multicultural practice and policy, and to oppose xenophobia and racism.
The Research Aim has been to identify challenges to European culture in the context of contemporary change, focusing on multicultural European metropolitan spaces; and to identify advice and help realise cultural policies and practices that will further social inclusivity for the diverse populations in Europe.

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