9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN07 Sociology of Culture

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Cultural Policies, Planning and Impact Building II, C4.07

Which cultural policies for planning diversity and territorial development?

Nunzia Borrelli
PhD Spatial planning and local development Turin Polytechnic
Contract lecturer Urban Anthropology La Sapienza Roma
Contract Researcher and Lecturer II University of Naples


The main aim of this paper is to investigate the relationships between culture, cultural policies, local development in societies characterized by diversity. More specifically, paper want to analyse the role of culture in local development processes, in order to define cultural policies able to trigger development processes in a world of difference.

Paper hypothesizes that culture and cultural policies can, really, contribute to local development and in order to discuss the hypothesis presents on one hand the main features characterising the contemporary society and on the other hand it presents local development theories able to proof the role of culture and cultural policies that aim to stimulate local development and urban regeneration processes.

In order to reach the aims defined above and to discuss the hypothesis, the paper is organized as follow.

The first paragraph gives some definition of terms used in the paper, like culture, local development and cultural policies. The second paragraph, moving from the literature about globalization processes, shows some features of contemporary society characterized by diversity. The third paragraph, showing how culture end cultures planning could contribute to local development, discusses the proposed hypothesis. The last paragraph regards the conclusions and suggests some cues about multiculturalism and planning for diversity.