Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745334349 Published July 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745334356 Published July 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Limits to Culture

Urban Regeneration vs. Dissident Art

Malcolm Miles

Limits to Culture

Malcolm Miles

Distributed for Pluto Press

200 pages | 30 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745334349 Published July 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745334356 Published July 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Limits to Culture outlines the cultural turn in urban policy from the 1980s to the 2000s, in which new art museums and cultural or heritage quarters lent a creative mask to urban redevelopment. Malcolm Miles challenges the notions of a creative class and a creative city, aligning them to gentrification, while exploring the history of cultural urban policy and its relationship to the real culture of dissent. As Miles shows, in the 1960s, creativity was identified with revolt, yet beginning in the 1980s it was subsumed by consumerism, as evidenced in the 1990s culture of cool. But in the wake of the 2008 crash, the money has run out and the illusory creative city has given way to urban clearances, ripe for a new kind of artistic regeneration.
Contents
List of illustrations
Introduction
1 Cultural Turns: a de-industrialised estate
2 Creative Clashes: aesthetics and gentrification
3 Colliding Values: civic hope and capital’s bind
4 New Cool: England’s new art museums
5 Cultural Codes: art museums and the social order
6 New Air: urban spaces and democratic deficits
7 Refusals: art and dissent in a period of neoliberalism
8 Limits to Culture: art after Occupy
Notes
Index
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