“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 creative cluster is a relatively recent addition to the economics of cultural and media industries. Clustering has spread with the international take up of creative industries policy during the first decade of the twenty-first century. The attractiveness of this approach to regional development is aptly illustrated by an annual forum called Creative Clusters, convened in the UK from 2002 to 2008, which promotes itself as a network of creative industries experts.

The creative clusters legacy dates back to the 1970s in Europe and the USA, a decade in which urban regeneration began to utilise post-industrial space. However, the provenance of clusters derives from the British economist Alfred Marshall's account of ‘industrial districts’ (1890: Bk IV, Ch X, Par 12). Marshall coined this term to ...

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