Cultural Authenticity and Regional Development

11 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2008

Date Written: March 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the concept of cultural authenticity and explores its application in regional development and planning. It describes why cultural authenticity is important for a city or region. Cultural authenticity provides a competitive advantage to a region for attracting tourists and residents, it promotes economic and social equity, and it strengthens the sustainability of a region. The paper describes four examples of regional efforts in the U.S. to preserve cultural authenticity. Finally, the paper identifies several problems that arise in the application of cultural authenticity to regional development plans. The paper warns against patronizing attitudes, stereotyping, and illegal discrimination in the application of the concept of cultural authenticity to regional development and planning. The paper also warns that preserving cultural authenticity should not operate as a force against progress and modernity.

Keywords: Cultural Authenticity, Regional Development, Economic Development, Authenticity, City Planning, Economic Equity, Equitable Development, Ethnicity

JEL Classification: R11, O12, O17, O18, H4, J15, M31

Suggested Citation

Kutty, Nandinee K., Cultural Authenticity and Regional Development (March 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1117279 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1117279

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