WIM-CHAT02
Ethnic business, urban development and cultural preservation
Convenors:
Sumita Chaudhuri (Calcutta University)
Jijiao Zhang (Insititute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
Stream:
Worlds in motion: Cultural Heritage, Artefacts and Tourism/Mondes en mouvement: Héritage culturel, artefacts et tourisme
Location:
FSS 1030
Start time:
4 May, 2017 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Cities that produce ethnic goods and services that are in demand will have faster growth than those that do not. The urban system in most countries is influenced by market forces and cultural elements. It helps cultural preservation and cultural continuity of ethnic groups in pluralistic societies.

Long abstract:

Migration or movement of population plays a very crucial role in the process of urbanization. The urban system in most of the countries is influenced by market forces. When people migrate to urban areas for economic opportunities mainly from rural areas in the context of urban development, they bring with them many ethnic businesses and traditional crafts which were followed by them in their native place for survival. Following the ethnic business and traditional crafts even in the context of urban areas, not only the survival of many communities is possible, at the same time it helps in cultural preservation and cultural continuity of different multi-cultural ethnic groups in pluralistic societies. All the items produced through ethnic business may not have the same demand in the urban context. Cities that produce ethnic goods and services that are in demand and attract people to live in them will have faster growth than those that do not.