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Culture as methodological key

Flavio Lemos Carsalade, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

As globalization increases, local values also increase and culture becomes a very important means of resistance, an important way to understand the reality and an important methodological key. Culture and the economy interact on the contemporary scene by reinforcing local identities (as a resistance strategy and a way to give value to the individual), by a more participative role in government and by aspects related to the generation of income and jobs. Values that before were reserved for historic cities, nowadays are shared by any city and that is why we can talk about a sustainable development that is cultural. Renewing the functions of historic districts is an important factor in giving value to cities and correcting urban problems. The new concept of planning understands it less as a mandatory tool and more as a process, including the strategic dimension, monitoring action and popular participation. Again, at this point, culture reveals itself as an important methodological tool. Culture assists in identifying stable patterns in an ever-changing reality and the understanding of the city as a cultural artifact helps in seeing more clearly its tendencies and vocations. Finally, two final issues are investigated: how the qualitative values associated with cultural matters can be turned into quantitative values that are closer to the economy subject? How can we turn cultural assets into economic values?

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