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Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries

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Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries

9781839108952 Edward Elgar Publishing
John Hartley, John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Curtin University, Australia and Visiting Professor, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Publication Date: January 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 895 2 Extent: c 224pp
As the world faces extreme economic, environmental and political crises, this bold and accessible Advanced Introduction argues for a future-facing approach to the creative economy and creative innovation. The book analyses contemporary and historical arts and culture whilst assessing historical shifts from national to global cultures; analogue to digital technologies; and individualist to systems thinking.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

As the world faces extreme economic, environmental and political crises, this bold and accessible Advanced Introduction argues for a future-facing approach to the creative economy and creative innovation. The book analyses contemporary and historical arts and culture whilst assessing historical shifts from national to global cultures; analogue to digital technologies; and individualist to systems thinking.
 
Key features include:

• A new approach to the creative industries based on complex systems and evolutionary dynamics
• Combining humanities-based analysis with economics of innovation
• A critique of important theorists and intellectual traditions involved in the study of modern mediated creativity
• Reconceptualizing arts, copyright, cities, time, global media and social agency
• A thought-provoking reassessment of modernity to pivot creative enterprise for the challenges of the Anthropocene era.
 
Scholars and students of media and communications studies, political economy and economics will benefit from the new approach to creative media and culture, and its proposals to rethink the economics of creativity and innovation. This book will be a helpful guide for policy-makers, consultants and freelancers who work across the borderlines of art, media, technology, business and regulation. 
Critical Acclaim
‘Not all writing about the creative industries practises what it preaches! So how exciting to read a creative analysis of these industries. This book sidesteps expectations by offering an imaginative and highly thought-provoking engagement with its puzzling subject matter.’
– Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

‘Every single human being is creative, and every industry must become a creative industry. John Hartley’s Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries provides the research and data we need to better understand the creative industries that increasingly power our economy and shape our society.’
– Richard Florida, University of Toronto, Canada and author of The Rise of the Creative Class

‘John Hartley always was and continues to be the very best guide to how to think about the creative industries, how to really understand its cosmological significance as well as its practical use. This book explores a fascinating range of topics, from digital art and intellectual property to the nature of cities, existence, class wars, and deep time. Self-recommending, as they say.’
– Jason Potts, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia
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