Collaborative Methods in Researching City Branding: Studies from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney

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dc.contributor.author Gammack John en_US
dc.contributor.author Donald Stephanie en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-14T07:48:28Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-14T07:48:28Z
dc.date.created 2010-05-14T07:48:28Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier 2006004382 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Gammack John and Donald Stephanie 2006, 'Collaborative Methods in Researching City Branding: Studies from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney', Cognizant Communication Corporation, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 171-180. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1098-304x en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/6594
dc.description.abstract This article illustrates and reflects upon the nature of inquiry appropriate to the question of place branding, in particular, world city branding. Disciplinary research traditions including cultural studies, film studies, marketing, and psychology offer conceptual categories and valuable modes of access to this area, and our concern here is to examine whether these compete or converge in forming understanding. Noting both the benefits and challenges of working across quite different paradigms of thought, vocabulary, and expected outcome, we discuss the possibilities of mutual shaping or influence in interdisciplinary inquiry. Acknowledging issues in establishing a working and meaningful discursive field across disciplinary boundaries, interests, and methodological habits, we illustrate, using a range of qualitative, projective, and quantitative methods, the collection, evaluation, and analysis of primary and secondary data in a current project. This looks at the major Pacific Rim cities of Sydney, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and particular issues of their brand identity. While all three cities compete on the world stage for events, tourists, and investment, they also are at the center of distinct film traditions, and have been rendered variously in popular imagination. We examine the representation of the city in the mind of some of its publics, and the relation of this to the requirements of branding. We find common ground in critical categories including narrative, everyday life, and color, and view these as a plexus from which various discipline- focused inquiries may proceed. We also discuss how central notions of identity, character, and representation are conceptualized differently within disciplines, and note implications for place-branding theory. We conclude that greater cross-disciplinarity is required for appropriate understanding, and that both tourism marketing and cultural (especially film) studies can learn from each other. en_US
dc.publisher Cognizant Communication Corporation en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/109830406778134144 en_US
dc.title Collaborative Methods in Researching City Branding: Studies from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney en_US
dc.parent Tourism, Culture and Communication en_US
dc.journal.volume 6 en_US
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation New York, USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 171 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 180 en_US
dc.cauo.name IIS en_US
dc.for 190204 en_US


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