Bohemianism and urban regeneration: A structured literature review and compte rendu

Simon Huston, David Wadley, Rachael Fitzpatrick

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Despite a burgeoning literature, the role of bohemians in the urban milieu and in initiatives toward regeneration remains contested. As a first step toward later modeling and application, we present a thoroughgoing literature review, a short commentary on bohemian phenomena, and suggested readings. Since qualitative sources dominate the field, the review is structured rather than fully systematic in the scientific sense. After discarding innumerable irrelevant and incidental papers, three strands remained for subsequent analysis: “bohemian,” “bohemian + creative-city,” and “smart regeneration.” The first is static or historically contextualized, situated best in the humanities. The last two strands are dynamic and dissect, descriptively or analytically, elements of bohemianism relevant to the urban scene. Wherever and whenever they emerge, radical bohemian artists test existing limits or incite transformative action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-323
Number of pages13
JournalSpace and Culture
Issue number3
Early online date3 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015


  • bohemians
  • creative-city
  • urban catalysts
  • structured review
  • urban development


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