“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.
It is important to understand the basic distinction between creative industries and creative economy. The concept of creative industries first emerged in the late 1990s as a model of post-industrial development coupled with urban regeneration. The principal conceptual preoccupations of this first ‘wave’ of creative industries thinking were to map this newly defined industrial sector in respect of its contribution to jobs and economic value-add, and to set policy directions accordingly. These early, baseline considerations did not seek to account for spillover effects and contributions to other sectors, or to consumption patterns and innovation processes in the wider economy. It was only when analysts began to consider the contribution of creativity to the economy as a whole that the idea of a ‘creative ...