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New Movements in Entrepreneurship

Edited by Chris Steyaert and Daniel Hjorth

At last, a book that focuses on trendsetting thinking and research in the field of entrepreneurship and sets an agenda for current and future movements in the field.
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Chapter 12: Image of Stockholm as an IT city: emerging urban entrepreneurship

Peter Dobers


Peter Dobers CITY MANAGEMENT, IMAGES AND EMERGING URBAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP Big cities have the power to absorb the interests of many. We can read carefully written texts by social scientists and historians like Georg Simmel’s (1903) Die Grosstädte und das Geistesleben or Peter Hall’s (1998) monument Cities in Civilization. We can read fascinating novels about the crazy life in Los Angeles and New York like Mike Davis’s City of Quartz and Breat Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. We can listen to concerts associated with the cities of Brandenburg and New York in music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos or George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. And we can view films set in Berlin and New York – Alexander Döblin’s Alexander-Platz and Woody Allen’s Manhattan (which appropriately enough was accompanied by several excerpts from Rhapsody in Blue). However, these creations perceive the city as a built background, as a stage planned by administrators and politicians, on which anonymous urban life and the quest for identities takes place. On the one hand, urban planners and politicians wish to influence the way people behave on the city stage through detailed plans. Their ideal is that once these plans have been performed by citizens and workers, tourists and visitors, urban order will exist once and for all. According to this view the city is about structures and models rather than about processes and practices. Insufficient attention is therefore given to the actual running of the city, the city management aspects of urban life. On...

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