Place branding and the imaginary: the politics of re-imagining a garden city

Johansson, M. (2012) Place branding and the imaginary: the politics of re-imagining a garden city. Urban Studies, 49(16), pp. 3611-3626. (doi: 10.1177/0042098012446991)

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This article discusses contemporary practices of place branding through the concept of the imaginary. Specifically, the aim is to interrogate place branding as a politically constituted process which unfolds in relation to dominant discourses and symbols that are in circulation; how existing material structures inform the process; and what material consequences occur as a result. The process is empirically illustrated by drawing on a qualitative study conducted within a municipal project organisation charged with organising the 50th anniversary of Tapiola Garden City in Finland. The anniversary provided the decision-makers with an opportunity for re-imagining the Garden City, which in the course of time was seen to have become outdated and in need of symbolic and material rejuvenation. In the light of the study, the article examines how place branding contributes to producing discursive privileging and marginalisation of particular values and social groups.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johansson, Dr Marjana
Authors: Johansson, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Urban Studies
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1360-063X
Published Online:06 June 2012

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