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Sydney : brought to you by world city and cultural industry actor-networks.

By Oli Mould


There have been recent contributions to the world city literature and the new\ud economic geography literature that have focused on city connectivity and practicebased\ud research, through concepts such as city actor-networks, relational\ud geographies and project-led enquiries. As this literature is developing, this thesis\ud aims to analyse and contribute to it by providing an empirical focus in two main\ud themes that have so far been marginalised in these literatures – the city of Sydney,\ud and the cultural industries. An alternative conceptualisation of world cities, namely\ud ‘new urbanism’, which employs Actor-Network Theory, will be utilised in this thesis to\ud ask the question, what are the actants of Sydney’s cultural industries (specifically the\ud film and TV production industry), and how are they enrolled to create the spacing and\ud timing of Sydney’s actor-networks? By answering this question, this thesis will\ud contribute to the knowledge in three ways: theoretically, by adding weight to the\ud alternative concepts of new urbanism and relational economic geographies;\ud empirically, by studying two themes that have been hitherto underdeveloped in the\ud existing literature; and methodologically, through new developing empirical agendas\ud that cover the quantification of Sydney’s world city network and ANT-inspired\ud ethnographic, ‘project-based’ enquiry

Topics: World cities, Sydney, cultural industries, film and television production industry, relational economic geographies, Actor-Network theory
Publisher: University of Leicester
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/4509

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