“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.



Convergence is at the heart of many of the changes associated with digital media, and these changes profoundly impact cultural production and consumption across the creative industries. Indeed, it is arguable that the growth in the creative industries has coincided with, if not been driven by, the technological changes and cultural transformations associated with convergence. Convergence came to prominence when computers, telecommunications and broadcast media converged technologically and thence industrially in and after the 1990s. Cunningham and Turner write that ‘convergence is customarily used to describe the dissolving distinctions between media systems, media content and the resulting trade between systems’ (2010: 3). They suggest that convergence has three dimensions:

  • Technological convergence in which digitisation enables the conversion and distribution of content across multiple formats and platforms;
  • Industry ...
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