City of Music: Post-Conflict Branding of Ambon City

Nyak Ina Raseuki, Zeffry Alkatiri, Sonya Indriati Sondakh

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This case study of the city of Ambon in Indonesia tests the potential for creative cities policy to be implemented in post-conflict developing country context within which economic agendas are secondary to other policy concerns. Caught up in a mix of social, cultural and political conflicts, the place marketing of the city Ambon as UNESCO’s city of music has faced multifaceted challenges including lack of material resources, lack of support from the broad society and lack of a shared understanding of what this new policy agenda means. This empirical study suggests that there are limitations for creative cities policy to be impactful beyond economic proxies in developing country context at least, despite existing theories claiming otherwise.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-Imagining Creative Cities in Twenty-First Century Asia
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030462918
ISBN (Print)9783030462901
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


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