© 2017

Inequalities in Creative Cities

Issues, Approaches, Comparisons

  • Ulrike Gerhard
  • Michael Hoelscher
  • David Wilson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Theoretical Background

  3. Different Dimensions of Inequalities in Specific Cities

  4. Beyond the Global North

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. David Wilson, Ulrike Gerhard, Michael Hoelscher
      Pages 261-270

About this book


This edited volume is a lively and timely appraisal of “ordinary cities” as they struggle to implement creative redevelopment and economic growth strategies to enhance their global competitiveness. The book is concerned with new and often unanticipated inequalities that have emerged from this new city movement. As chronicled, such cities – Cleveland (USA), Heidelberg (Germany), Oxford (UK), Groningen (Netherlands), Montpellier (France), but also cities from the Global South such as Cachoeira (Brazil) and Delhi (India) – now experience new and unexpected realities of poverty, segregation, neglect of the poor, racial and ethnic strife. To date planners, academics, and policy analysts have paid little attention to the connections between this drive in these cities to be more creative and the inequalities that have followed. This book, keenly making these connections, highlights the limited visions that have been applied in this planning drive to make these cities more creative and ultimately more globally competitive.


creative cities neoliberalism inequality urban geography urban sociology international comparison interdisciplinary empirical research urban theory gender race ethnicity education social inequality city planning poverty unemployment ordinary cities

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrike Gerhard
    • 1
  • Michael Hoelscher
    • 2
  • David Wilson
    • 3
  1. 1.Geographisches InstitutUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Deutsche Universität für VerwaltungswissenschaftenSpeyerGermany
  3. 3.University of Illinois-Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA

About the editors

Ulrike Gerhard is Professor of Human Geography of North America at the Institute of Geography and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at Heidelberg University, Germany.

Michael Hoelscher is Professor at the University of Speyer, Germany, and obtained his PhD in sociology from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

David Wilson is Professor of Geography, Urban Planning, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Bibliographic information


“This volume offers a comparative analysis of the contradictions, presenting the connection between the urban policies focusing on creativity and inequalities within societies, thus, providing empirical insights for the previous critiques. … the book is an extremely valuable contribution to the creative city discourse. It is a theoretically informed and empirically grounded collection of papers with comparative focus.” (Lajos Boros, Hungarian Geographical Bulletin, Vol. 66 (3), 2017)