“This guide to the emerging language of creative industries field is a valuable resource for researchers and students alike. Concise, extensively referenced, and accessible, this this is an exceptionally useful reference work.” - Gauti Sigthorsson, Greenwich University “There could be no better guides to the conceptual map of the creative industries than John Hartley and his colleagues, pioneers in the field. This book is a clear, comprehensive and accessible tool-kit of ideas, concepts, questions and discussions which will be invaluable to students and practitioners alike. Key Concepts in Creative Industries is set to become the corner stone of an expanding and exciting field of study” - Chris Barker, University of Wollongong Creativity is an attribute of individual people, but also a feature of organizations like firms, cultural institutions and social networks. In the knowledge economy of today, creativity is of increasing value, for developing, emergent and advanced countries, and for competing cities. This book is the first to present an organized study of the key concepts that underlie and motivate the field of creative industries. Written by a world-leading team of experts, it presents readers with compact accounts of the history of terms, the debates and tensions associated with their usage, and examples of how they apply to the creative industries around the world. Crisp and relevant, this is an invaluable text for students of the creative industries across a range of disciplines, especially media, communication, economics, sociology, creative and performing arts and regional studies.
The concept of aesthetics in the context of the creative industries pulls in two highly contradictory directions. On the one hand, it denotes a domain of high value. Aesthetic experience is associated with those forms of the creative, performing and visual arts that are produced and consumed at the highest cost, and circulated, sometimes posthumously, at the highest price. But on the other hand, it is a concept of such attenuated authority that there is little agreement on what it means. The dispersal of previously elite creative practice across different media, populations and cultural contexts without restriction of class, income, training or taste-hierarchy means that ‘aesthetic’ value and judgement can apply to anything from opera to egg-cups, or indeed eggs.1 There are ...