cosmopolitan Lisbon and the allure of diversity

  • Nuno Oliveira
Keywords: cosmopolitanism, cultural diversity, public culture, territorialization, turistification, governance


In this text I am interested in exploring the idea that cosmopolitanism is more than an urban condition, of living in common with cultural difference, and which has become one of the languages ​​of the urban growth machine and its political configuration. Within urban governance strategies such cosmopolitanism is intrinsically territorialized, that is, it establishes interdependencies with the symbolic and economic dimensions of a specific territory. To illuminate these interdependencies I use the cultural and place-marketing policies that incorporate the notion of diversity advantage in the city of Lisbon and in particular in the Almirante-Reis and Mouraria axis area. Methodologically the text gathers input from a constellation of key actors comprising state actors, immigrant traders, and associative leaders. It also uses a corpus of official documents and speeches that support some of the proposed premises. I conclude by suggesting a set of domains where cultural diversity is integrated into new recognition dynamics that structure the notion and practice of the cosmopolitan city.


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