Today, certain shifts of the conception of culture and society can be observed in big cities. These changes are related to worldwide movements of migration and cultural globalisation:

In her study Tnszenierung kultureller Vielfalt5 (1996), Gisela Welz describes her field of research in cosmopolitan cities from the angle of a cultural-anthropological viewpoint. She tries to develop a cultural-analytic model which implies a theory of metropolitan culture on one hand, and the consideration of cultural aspects typical of a cosmopolitan city, on the other hand. One point of interest is ‘cultural brokerage’, which in the process of development of cities into (global) capitals appears as a strategy for producing and presenting cultural varieties.