From 'creative cities' to 'media cities': the case of Manchester and Shanghai

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In this chapter, I analyze the paradigm shift from creative cities to media cities in Manchester (UK) and Shanghai (China) with a focus on media clusters. Both cities are not traditionally known as global centers for media production. Creative city and media city models in both cases are about the redevelopment of de-industrialized areas in cities. I will argue that the gradual replacement of the creative city vision by the media city illuminates some of the challenges of culture-led urban regeneration policy. The displacement of the creative city and the rise of the media city in both Manchester and Shanghai allow us to understand some of the dynamics underpinning those media city strategies that are now a rising global trend.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication
EditorsStevenson Debrah, Zlatan Krajina
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781315211633
ISBN (Print)9780415792554
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • media cities
  • creative cities
  • Creative clusters
  • Media Industries
  • Cultural Industries
  • Cultural policy

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