Cultural industries and creative clusters in Shanghai

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This paper examines the basis, development process and the meaning of these 'official' creative clusters within the wider urban context.In this paper, I will focus on one aspect - the relationship between these creative clusters and their urban forms. I choose three conceptual approaches used to explain such relationships in Western creative clusters. Attempting to operationalize a policy concept borrowed from the West, Chinese creative clusters assume this can be applied in a different urban and national context. But can they? I discuss three creative clusters: 'M50', 'Tianzifang' and '1933' in Shanghai, all developed according to western cluster theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalCity, Culture and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Creative class
  • Creative clusters
  • Creative industries
  • Cultural economy
  • Cultural heritage
  • Urban regeneration

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