Performing urban rivalry: The cultural politics of first and second cities

Verhoeven, D and Morris, B 2004, 'Performing urban rivalry: The cultural politics of first and second cities', in The Passionate City: An International Symposium, RMIT University, Melbourne, 27 August 2004.


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Title Performing urban rivalry: The cultural politics of first and second cities
Author(s) Verhoeven, D
Morris, B
Year 2004
Conference name The Passionate City: An International Symposium
Conference location RMIT University, Melbourne
Conference dates 27 August 2004
Proceedings title The Passionate City: An International Symposium
Publisher RMIT University, School of Applied Communication
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Abstract Using the long-standing rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne as a case study, this paper explores the dialogue between these cities which gives rise to their claims to identity and distinction. We are particularly concerned with the ways in which cities are imagined and discursively produced as places of comparison, of mutual exchange, of aspiration and envy such that the picture that emerges of the city is by definition a partial one; incomplete and passionately 'one-eyed'. What is at stake in a cultural politics of cities that welcomes and fuels such rivalrous representations? Here we attempt to constructively articulate a cultural study of urban places within a theoretical framework that emphasizes a non-originary account of identity. In focusing on the relational features of urban identity (in this instance first-second city rivalry), this paper attempts to establish a new approach to the analysis of cities; a critical analysis which takes more seriously the everyday urban mythologies perpetuated at the most idiomatic level of cultural politics.
Subjects Consumption and Everyday Life
Copyright notice © 2004 School of Applied Communication, RMIT University
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