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Culture and cities: the challenge of tourism, by David Harvey


14th November 2016






CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Carrer Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona


This year, the Alternativa Hall Festival in Barcelona is exploring mass tourism and its collateral effects, from slum tourism to the process of gentrification, with particular focus on the phenomenon of city branding and (un)sustainability. A new section will be opened with a talk by British geographer and social theorist David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York and a Miliband Fellow of the London School of Economics.


The Challenge of Tourism

David Harvey sums up global economy and Trump’s politics in a couple of hours. The event in Barcelona was organized by BITS, l’Alternativa Film Festival and CCCB. Some quotes from the conference: About cities Harvey says “When we create the city, we’re also creating the life of people. Then, what kind of people do we want to be?”. He also added “Think about all the circular process of the economy”. In relation to cities and tourism Harvey aggregates “We need a city for the people- not for the bondholders- with affordable housing, decent education, health…”Tourism is a perfect mechanism of capital circulation in time zero. It never lasts. Is what capitalism culture is about”. Harvey concludes that “When we create the city, we’re also creating the life of people. Then, what kind of people do we want to be?”. David Harvey also talks on Us elections and Trump’s politics: “Progressive laws passed in local jurisdiction. The problem was neoliberal Clinton” and he added that “Trump’s main influence is China. He’s going to propose a infrastructure restoration plan for USA [like China] for investors”. David Harvey also sent a message to Barcelona: “I hope that here I’m at the heart of a network of rebel cities that will start a revolution all over the world.”


Related links

Complete lecture by David Harvey in Barcelona, Culture and cities: the challenge of tourism

David Harvey on post-neoliberalism, Trump, infrastructure, sharing economy, smart city.

Conferència completa de David Harvey al CCCB, cultura i ciutat, el repte del turisme.

David Harvey, de nou a Barcelona

David Harvey: “Els pobres són expulsats de la gran ciutat”

David Harvey: “Hem de resistir. Les ciutats no poden ser un lloc on invertir, sinó que han de ser un lloc on viure”

David Harvey: “No creo que Estados Unidos siga un camino fascista”