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Handbook of Research on Creativity

Edited by Kerry Thomas, University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Australia and Janet Chan, University of New South Wales, Australia
In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.
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Publication Date: 2013
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This comprehensive yet concise Handbook provides an overview of innovative approaches to, and new perspectives on, the study of creativity.

In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.

Containing cutting-edge research the Handbook of Research on Creativity will strongly appeal to academics and advanced students in cultural studies, creative industries, art history and theory, experimental music and performance studies, digital and new media studies, engineering, economics, sociology, psychology and social psychology, management studies, and education – particularly visual arts education and music education. Policy makers, managers and entrepreneurs will also find much to interest them in this fascinating work.
‘This scholarly and important volume has an impressive interdisciplinary and international scope. We hear from psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, legal scholars, and economists. These refreshing chapters broaden our understanding of human innovation, contributing to a developing sociocultural approach to the study of creativity. These chapters directly challenge the myth of solitary genius, by documenting the social and cultural systems within which new ideas emerge.’
– Keith Sawyer, Washington University in St Louis, US

‘This penetrating volume both summarizes compellingly what we know about creativity and examines critically loose concepts of creativity, cases where creativity does harm, and deceptive hype about creativity. This volume neither romanticizes creativity nor reduces it to the servant of economic and cultural development, offering instead a differentiated and penetrating examination of the nature of creativity and its diverse positive and sometimes negative roles.’
– David Perkins, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, US
Contributors: S. Banaji, T. Barker, D. Berry, C. Bilton, N.C.M. Brown, P. Burnard, J. Chan, S. Cranmer, A.J. Cropley, D.H. Cropley, C. De Cock, L. Denti, D.R. Eikhof, K. Essl, C. Gibson, V. Giorgini, R. Gonsalves, S. Harnow Klausen, S. Hemlin, j. jagodzinski, V. Johnson, J.C. Kaufman, N. Kawashima, R. Korde, J. McGuigan, P. McIntyre, J. Mecca, P.-M. Menger, R. Miettinen, D.P. Miller, M.D. Mumford, T. Oiyama, L. Olsson, P.B. Paulus, C. Perrotta, A. Power, A. Quemin, A. Rehn, E. Scheer, E. Schubert, D.K. Simonton, T. Smith, J. Steers, S. Taylor, K. Thomas, E. Zimmerman
Contents:

Preface

Introduction to the Chapters
Janet Chan and Kerry Thomas

PART I: RESEARCH ON CREATIVITY
1. Researching Creativity and Creativity Research
Janet Chan

2. Sources and Conditions of Scientific Creativity
Søren Harnow Klausen

3. Presences and Absences: A Critical Analysis of Recent Research About Creativity in Visual Arts Education
Enid Zimmerman

PART II: WAYS OF CONCEPTUALIZING AND ASSESSING CREATIVITY
4. What is a Creative Idea? Little-c versus Big-C Creativity
Dean Keith Simonton

5. Creativity as a System in Action
Philip McIntyre

6. Marxism and Creativity
Jim McGuigan

7. Creativity as Designer Capitalism: Deleuze|Guattarian Interventions
jan jagodzinski

8. Playing to the Gallery: Myth, Method and Complexity in the Creative Process
Chris Bilton

9. Attributing Creativity in Science and Engineering: The Discourses of Discovery, Invention and Breakthrough
David Philip Miller

10. For a Critical Creativity: The Radical Imagination of Cornelius Castoriadis
Christian De Cock, Alf Rehn and David Berry

11. Creativity in Schools: Delusions, Realities and Challenges
John Steers

12. The Lived Experience of a Contemporary Creative Identification
Stephanie Taylor

13. Understanding Malevolent Creativity
David H. Cropley, James C. Kaufman and Arthur J. Cropley

14. Rating the Creativity of Products
David H. Cropley and James C. Kaufman

15. Issues in Conceptions of Creativity and Creativity Assessment in Music Education
Pamela Burnard and Anne Power

16. From ‘National Creativity’ to Social Recognition and Success in the Visual Arts: A Sociological Perspective on Rankings of the ‘Top 100 Artists in the World’
Alain Quemin

PART III: THE CREATIVE PROCESS
17. Creative Thinking: Processes, Strategies and Knowledge
Michael D. Mumford, Vincent Giorgini, Carter Gibson and Jensen Mecca

18. Time and the Composition: Creativity in Modern and Contemporary Works of Art
Terry Smith

19. Experimental Research in the Digital Media Arts
Tim Barker

20. The Chances of Chance – Challenging Creativity by Chance and Collaboration
Karlheinz Essl

21. The Role of Inhibition and Perception in Artistic Creativity: A Cognitive Explanation
Emery Schubert

PART IV: PRACTICES OF CREATIVITY
22. The Ontology of Creative Performance and the Aesthetics of Design
Neil C.M. Brown

23. How to Start an Art Centre
Vivien Johnson

24. The ‘Illusio’ of the Creative Life: Case Studies of Emerging Artists
Kerry Thomas

25. Making a Living from Creativity: Careers, Employment and Work in the Creative Industries
Doris Ruth Eikhof

26. Authorship and Collaborative Creativity in New Media Art
Roanna Gonsalves and Janet Chan

27. Dochaku: Artistic Evolution at the Confluence of Cultures
Toshiko Oiyama

28. Re-creating Performance Art: The Rise of Re-enactment
Edward Scheer

PART V: CONDITIONS FOR CREATIVITY
29. Creative Encounters and Collaborative Agency in Science, Technology and Innovation
Reijo Miettinen

30. What’s Stopping Us? Barriers to Creativity and Innovation in Schooling Across Europe
Shakuntala Banaji, Sue Cranmer and Carlo Perrotta

31. Copyright as an Incentive System for Creativity? The Case of Contemporary Visual Arts
Nobuko Kawashima

PART VI: LEADING/MANAGING CREATIVITY
32. European Cultural Policies and the ‘Creative Industries’ Turn
Pierre-Michel Menger

33. How to Get the Most Creativity and Innovation Out of Groups and Teams
Paul B. Paulus and Runa Korde

34. Creativity in R&D
Sven Hemlin, Lisa Olsson and Leif Denti

35. Leading Science: The Role of Research Leaders in Scientific Creativity
Janet Chan

Index