Department of Geography
Making a cultural cluster in China: A study of Dafen Oil Painting Village, Shenzhen
Capitalizing on cultural resources to promote economic and urban development has increasingly become a major concern in cities in the world. This paper examines the case of Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, China, which has been transformed from a poor rural village to a major oil painting production centre. This study tries to unravel the realities behind the "Dafen Brand", with special attention on the forces behind the branding exercise and the associated socio-economic consequences as observed from the doubly deprived painter-workers. Dafen's art practitioners encounter severe economic hardship similar to the difficulties faced by other rural migrant workers in China's major metropolises. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Branding exercise, Cultural industry, Dafen Village, Painter-workers
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Li, S., Cheng, H., & Wang, J. (2014). Making a cultural cluster in China: A study of Dafen Oil Painting Village, Shenzhen. Habitat International, 41, 156-164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2013.07.004