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Handbook on the Geographies of Creativity

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Handbook on the Geographies of Creativity

9781785361630 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Anjeline de Dios, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong and Lily Kong, Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78536 163 0 Extent: 400 pp
How can the ‘where’ of creativity help us examine how and why it has become a paradigmatic concept in contemporary economies and societies? Adopting a geographically diverse, theoretically rigorous approach, the Handbook offers a cutting-edge study of creativity as it has emerged in policy, academic, activist, and cultural discourse over the last two decades. To this end, the volume departs from conventional modes of analyzing creativity (by industry, region, or sector) and instead identifies key themes that thread through shifting contexts of the creative in the arts, media, technology, education, governance, and development. By tracing the myriad spatialities of creativity, the chapters map its inherently paradoxical features: reinforcing persistent conditions of inequality even as it opens avenues for imagining and enacting more equitable futures.

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Adopting a geographically diverse and theoretically rigorous approach, this Handbook on the Geographies of Creativity is a cutting-edge study of creativity as it has emerged in policy, academic, activist, and cultural discourse over the last two decades. A range of sectors are explored with in-depth engagement and understanding, including: dance, music, craft, visual art, circus arts and fashion.

This Handbook departs from conventional modes of analysing creativity by industry, region or sector, and instead identifies key themes that thread through shifting contexts of the creative, namely creativity as imaginary, locality, mobility, labour, culture, intervention and method. By tracing the myriad spatialities of creativity, the chapters map its inherently paradoxical features: reinforcing persistent conditions of inequality even as it opens avenues for imagining and enacting more equitable futures.

The conceptual framework proposed for critically appraising present debates and articulating future directions for creative and cultural industries will be useful for scholars and academics researching culture, media and design. Policy makers and professionals working in creative and cultural industries (CCIs) will find the wide range of case studies in this Handbook an essential tool for further understanding the field.
Critical Acclaim
‘Two decades after the original promotion of creative industries, there is a period of global rethinking. With talk of a “creative economy” that goes beyond the traditional sectors, critiques of creative cities, and a stalling of three decades of economic globalization, it is a timely opportunity for critical work on geographies of creativity. This collection draws together a diverse and accomplished collection of scholars well equipped to undertake this important task.’
– Terry Flew, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Contributors
Contributors: S.T. Allison, S. Baker, J. Banfield, D. Bennett, S. Black, C. Brennan-Horley, A.R. Brown, P. Carter, S. Ching-Kiu Chan, K. Connell, A. de Dios, S. de Leeuw, O. Efthimiou, C. Gibson, S. Hannon, H. Hawkins, M. Keane, L. Kong, D. Leslie, S. Luckman, H. McLean, S. McQuire, J. O'Connor, N. Papastergiadis, J. Peck, N.M. Rantisi, A. Rogers, J. Smith, J. Wang, S. Warren, D. Wyatt, C. Veal, A. Yue, L. Zhang
Contents
Contents:

Introduction: Geographies of Creativity: Inherited Concepts, Revised Vistas
ANJELINE DE DIOS AND LILY KONG

PART I. Creativity as Imaginary
2. The Creative Imaginary: Cultural and Creative Industries and the Future of Modernity
JUSTIN O’CONNOR

3. Culture Club: Creative Cities, Fast Policy, and the New Symbolic Order
JAMIE PECK

4. From Cultural industries to Creative Industries and Back? Towards Clarifying Theory and Rethinking Policy
LILY KONG

PART II. Creativity as Locality
5. Creativity as Locality: The Role of Artists and Galleries in a Toronto Creative District
DEBORAH LESLIE AND SHANNON BLACK

6. Beyond the ‘Buzz’: Locating Critical Geographies of Creativity
CHRIS GIBSON AND CHRIS BRENNAN-HORLEY

7. The Role of Arts and Culture in Resilient Cities: Creativity and Place-Making
AUDREY YUE

PART III. Creativity as Mobility
8. The Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces at Work: Mobility of the Creative Workforce
JUNE WANG AND LUYUE ZHANG

9. The Creative Mobilities of Cultural Identity: Transnational Tours of Philippine Performing Arts Ensembles
ANJELINE DE DIOS

10. People, Places and Processes: Crafting Authenticity Through Situating the Local in the Global
SUSAN LUCKMAN

PART IV. Creativity as Labour
11. The Role of Heroic Creativity and Leadership in Creative Work
DAWN BENNETT, OLIVIA EFTHIMIOU AND SCOTT T. ALLISON

12. The Rise and Fall of Professional Singers: A Typology of Creative Careers in the Performing Arts
KATHLEEN CONNELL, ANDREW R. BROWN AND SARAH BAKER

PART V. Creativity as Culture
13. Contemporary Cambodian Dance and Sites of National Culture: Chumvan Sodhachivy’s YouTube Page
AMANDA ROGERS

14. Whose Culture? Spatialising Artful Institutions, Migration and Belonging in Manchester
SASKIA WARREN

15. Ambient Culture: Making Sense of Everyday Participation in Open, Public Space
NIKOS PAPASTERGIADIS, STEPHANIE HANNON, SCOTT MCQUIRE, DANIELLE WYATT AND PAUL CARTER

PART VI. Creativity as Intervention
16. En/Acting Radical Change: Theories, Practices, Places and Politics of Creativity as Intervention
HEATHER MCLEAN AND SARAH DE LEEUW

17. Performing Alterity: Creative Practice as Intervention in Postcolonial Cultural Politics
STEPHEN CHING-KIU CHAN

18. Cultures of Creativity and Innovation in Greater China
MICHAEL KEANE

19. From Social ‘Integration’ to Transformation: Supporting the Emancipatory Potential of Circus Arts Creativity
DEBORAH LESLIE, NORMA RANTISI AND JESSIE SMITH

PART VII. Creativity as Method
20. Making as Geographical Method
JANET BANFIELD

21. Creativity as Method: Exploring Challenges and Fulfilling Promises?
CHARLOTTE VEAL AND HARRIET HAWKINS

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