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Title: Spatial Barriers and the Formation of Global Art Cities: The Case of Tokyo
Authors: Morgner, C
First Published: 11-Mar-2019
Publisher: Wiley for Japan Sociological Society
Citation: International Journal of Japanese Sociology, 2019, 28(1), Special Issue: The Olympic Games in Japan and East Asia: Images and Legacies pp. 183-208
Abstract: This paper addresses a neglected dimension of global cities research: how the idea of economic concentration, its surplus and consequent global influence can be applied to the art world. The research presented here relates to Tokyo as a well‐known example of a global city, advancing existing understandings of Tokyo from the neglected perspective of the arts. Based on qualitative and quantitative research by the author, including cultural and spatial mapping, interviews, ethnographic observations and visual documents, the findings confirm that the role of space and materiality is overlooked in global cities research. The results demonstrate the active contribution and intervention of spatial patterns in the formation of artistic activities. A number of Tokyo's spatial features have an inhibiting effect that shifts artistic activities underground, creating asymmetries in the constitution of symbolic meanings in the city and a failure to openly stimulate artistic practices. As a consequence, Tokyo's vivid art world remains invisible not only to outsiders but to Tokyo itself.
DOI Link: 10.1111/ijjs.12094
ISSN: 0918-7545
Embargo on file until: 28-Mar-2021
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, Wiley for Japan Sociological Society. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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