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The City as an Entertainment Machine Paperback – February 24, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0739124222 ISBN-10: 0739124226

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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 Studies)

About the Author

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.

More About the Author  - discussion of recent work on video

You Tube overview of Entertainment, Consumption, Scenes ideas by TNClark: 5 15 minute videos. Summer 2011:

recent papers to download etc.:  = /ScenesStaffMeeting.Recordings, recent updates, folders on International Scenes for work on China, Korea, more, France, Harvard.Culture.ppt  = PowerPoint overview of Scenes project. /International Research/International Scenes Book

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